Developmental delay refers to the delay in the development of a child as normally expected at his/her age. This delay in development may be seen in one or more areas. The areas where a child may show developmental delay include speech & language, gross/fine motor activities, thinking & understanding skills, social & emotional development. When a child shows delayed development in a majority of or in all of the areas mentioned above, it is referred to as global developmental delay. The first three years of a child’s life are crucial to development. Every child develops at his/her own pace. However, there are average time periods when a child is expected to achieve certain milestones. When a child is not able to achieve these developmental milestones within the time period expected at his/her age, he is said to show developmental delay. When a child is not able to do the following activities within the given timeframe, there is a developmental delay and medical help is needed: At 6 months: Child does not roll over – both in the front and back, achieve head control, sit up with support and start to babble At 9 months: Child does not crawl, sit without support, respond to familiar names At 12-15 months: Child does not say 1-2 words, stand without support or start to walk At 2 years: Child does not speak at least 10-15 words or can’t walk.