I am mum to 2 year old Ruby, who our paedatrician diagnosed with GDD when she was only 4 months old! Can't beleive people are telling you she is just slow or being lazy! Ruby is our third baby and we knew from early on something wasn't right. She has had every blood test and scan under the sun and DRs can't diagnose anything, or give a reason for her delay. Been told most probably a genetic thing, but she is on the mild side. She does everything eventually, just a few months behind where 'text-book' babies do! Didn't walk until just before turning two. She still has to crawl or knee walk over to something to pull herself up if she falls, as not strong enough to stand straight from floor. Only has a few words, and only one or two that are used with meaning ... like Ta if she wants something, Hot if she sees my cup of tea! But anyway, we have had monthly visits from Child Development services since Ruby was 4 months, and we have just had her put on the waiting list with Special Education as apparently they will come to you at home and help work on stuff. Ruby also just had Grommets in both ears, which we are hoping will help with hearing/speech.
I really want to do what we can now, as I've read early intervention can be really effective...I'd love it if by the time she starts school people couldn't really tell she is delayed. Although last week the paedrition burst my bubble telling me that he thinks she'll be a kid that will always need that extra bit of help with school work.
Anyway, would love to chat more if you want. I have been looking for someone in a similar situation and has been hard to find!
Good luck and take care, Mel.