GDD (Global Developmental Delay) & Autism: What's the Difference?

8/19/2014


I never thought that my blog would be a great help to other moms out there. My real purpose for blogging is to simply track Zac's development on his therapy.

And very recently, I got a message from a mom who works abroad and she wants to get in touch with the doctor I mentioned on my previous post.

It was such a nice feeling talking to someone in the same situation. I, myself, had gone through in denial stage and to actually open up the minds of other moms is something I never thought about.

We had a great conversation...and she even mentioned that her daughter tends to show signs of autism like lining up toys, and it bothers her a lot. I was baffled because Zac does the same thing but I never thought that it's a case of autism. Maybe because I don't know anything about autism. And also, my instinct tells me that Zac is more likely delayed compared to kids of his age since he had a surgery at a very young age. From then on, his growth and mental development started to slow down. He started walking when he was three and he can barely talk.

My curiosity strikes again and so I started researching about autism, and how it differs from global developmental delay. I discovered that early signs are somehow similar, but only a developmental pediatrician can really determine the condition through medical and behavioral assessments. Children with global developmental delay are more likely to improve compared to children with autism. A developmental pediatrician can also determine the stages of delay or autism.

And to give you an idea, I decided to list down some of Zac's unusual and weirdest behavior. 
• lining up or stacking up household items
• spinning wheels (toys and bicycle)
• throwing things over the fence, or outside the window (cellphones not exempted)
• spreading baby powder/perfume all over the floor
• jumping on bed and landing on his butt (he's so fond of doing this)
• turning the TV on and off or changing channels non-stop
• pulling out plugs
• turning lights on and off
• turning on shower and faucets and leave the water spilling

And some of his tantrums behavior are:
• knocking off things 
• hitting someone or something
• running vigorously while crying out loud
• throwing hard objects right on someone else's face
• scratching and punching

But don't get me wrong, this is not how he behaves 24/7 or every day. He's so adorable and funny. I guess, we have ups and downs, and every day is a roller coaster ride but at the end of the day, we're all happy and excited for another day.

I firmly believe that time will come and he will be like other kids, attending regular schools and enjoying childhood. For now, our main priority is to help him develop his motor skills and I'm glad he's improving better and better everyday.

Does your child behave the same way? Did you notice that there's something wrong? Ask your pediatrician or better yet get an appointment with a child specialist. It's better to get your child diagnosed and treated at an early age.

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