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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources from year 1 to GCSE, made accessible for children with SEND. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting.

Mandy, our Head of SEND provides a generalised overview on some of the most common questions when it comes to supporting your child’s education.

Please note: It’s important to remember that each diagnosis is unique to the individual. There are personal, LA and regional differences in diagnostic routes and available interventions.

Global Delay is described as having lower intellectual functioning than what is perceived as ‘neurotypical’.

If you’re concerned that your child may have GDD, you should seek advice from your GP. If your child has GDD they will not reach all of their developmental milestones like walking or talking at the ‘normal’ or typical age. All children develop at different rates and times but a child with GDD, will be significantly behind their peers in at least 2 areas. A GP usually makes a diagnosis of a learning difference, but it is often parents or teachers who first become aware that a child is having difficulties in certain areas. Often GDD is referred to as a learning disability or an SLD (Specific Learning Disability).

Some behaviours and symptoms that you may see in a child with GDD

Your child with delayed development may appear to be cognitively and sometimes physically immature compared to their peers. Coordination and speech could be affected, as could comprehension or the ability to form friendships. Therefore your child may become a little isolated and easily confused and distracted.

GDD Superpower

People with GDD have their own personal attributes and skills on top of GDD superpowers, such as sympathy and imagination! A natural gentle and empathetic nature and a want to reassure and care for, are superpowers that everyone should have! A fantastic imagination leads a creative and playful person.

Additional support

  • Finding out that your child has a learning disability can be difficult but it is important to be as informed as possible about their specific additional needs.
  • When your child is school age, they may require extra intervention to ensure that they can access the curriculum. Speaking with the school SENCo is the best place to start, and if they feel it appropriate they may recommend applying for an EHCP.
  • There are lots of different services that your child may see, such as Speech and Language or Occupational therapy. This is to ensure that your child has access to all of the specialist help that they require.

EdPlace educational resources supports students with GDD

  • All of the resources and activities throughout the platform are interactive, engaging and visual to ensure enjoyment
  • All of the tasks can be differentiated to suit the individual whether that is age equivalent or at a differentiated level to suit your child’s ability. Your child will not be aware of the level that you have assigned to them so as not to knock their confidence.
  • Progress and attainment scores are visually represented and easily monitored by both the child and adult.
  • You can set bespoke rewards for your child, so that you can award something that is motivating and enticing but also achievable.
  • A reading ruler and window can reduce the amount of exposed information on the screen if a child has sensory processing difficulties that can be comorbid with GDD.
  • There is also a magnifying glass to help zoom in on particular areas of the web page to aid concentration and focus.


All of these features can help your child with GDD to engage in learning, discreetly using their personalised preference to help them reach their full potential.


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