I was in a queue in M&S, with ds2 (18mths - global delay) sat in the trolley. I was playing with ds and trying to get him to clap (not much joy there!) when suddenly this elderly gentleman who was stood behind me said:-
`You are so lucky. Your little chap so obviously adores you - his love for you just shines from his eyes.'
I could barely respond as I immediately started to well up. I sort of mumbled a yes, he's lovely
but couldn't bring myself to turn around just in case a full-on blub started - I was so incredibly moved!
I dont know whether the chap had realized that something was amiss with ds, I tend to think he might have, but it was such a lovely thing to say...
Now if someone had said that comment to me when ds1 (NT) was a baby, it would have been appreciated, but a bit like water off a ducks back. It just brought it home to me what a lovely little chap my ds2 is and I was touched that someone else could see it too.
Global Delay means developmental delay all round. Eg.. Being behind with motor skills (ds2 is only just cruising round the furniture) and speech and language (he does not really babble and in fact is very quiet most of the time)
I guess its a term quite frequently used when the medics acknowledge that a child has special needs but there is no specific diagnosis.