Global developmental delay (GDD) is a term used when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children their age. This might include learning to walk or talk, movement skills, learning new things and interacting with others socially and emotionally. It is a form of intellectual disability. GDD does not have a specific set of symptoms like other diagnoses but instead refers to general delays that cannot be more specifically identified at the time of the assessment. Deficits commonly observed leading to a diagnosis of GDD include: delays in motor skills (including crawling and walking), difficulty with fine motor skills, language
After receiving an GDD diagnosis, the next step is finding a way to improve your and your child’s quality of life. We understand that every child with an GDD diagnosis should be treated uniquely. Our GDD treatment services in Miami, FL, offer specialized solutions to help you or a loved one improve their quality of life.
At A1A Behavioral Health we provide top-quality, individualized treatment plans to address the challenges associated with GDD and other related disorders. The treatment approach utilized is known as ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy. Applied behavior analysis applies the principles of learning theory in a systematic approach to modifying behaviors. The overall goal of ABA therapy is to increase adaptive skills and replacement behaviors while focusing on interventions to diminish maladaptive behaviors. The systematic approach to treatment planning includes identifying how behavior works, how behavior is affected by the environment and how learning takes place. Considering these elements is crucial to developing a treatment plan aimed at modifying behavior. Treatment focuses on increasing language abilities, developing communication skills, improving attention, fostering social skills and decreasing problem behaviors.