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Developmental/Behavioral Disorders

 Developmental and behavioral issues in children are being reported in epidemic numbers and those numbers are growing. One in six children are diagnosed with a developmental or behavioral disorder. Still, these disorders are poorly understood. The links below will lead you to a brief overview of more than 20 developmental and behavioral disorders, including autism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates, approximately 17% of children in the United States have some form of a developmental disability1. The CDC defines developmental disabilities as “a diverse group of physical, cognitive, psychological, sensory, and speech impairments that begin anytime during development up to 18 years of age.”2 As this definition indicates, there is a wide range of what is included under the umbrella of “developmental disabilities”: from mild developmental delays and disorders to more serious developmental disorders such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and autism spectrum disorders. Within each type of developmental disorder, or diagnostic category, there are numerous sub-types, varying intensity of symptoms, and most importantly, considerable individual variation.

For information about Autism Spectrum Disorders, please click here.

For information about other Developmental and Behavioral Disorders, please click here.

1. Centers for Disease Control - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

2. Center for Disease Control - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: Mental Retardation Among Children.

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