Developmental Conditions

Developmental disabilities are conditions that affect learning, intelligence, language skills, physical ability, or behavioral maturity. They begin in early childhood and last a lifetime. Children with developmental disabilities cannot do not develop as quickly as other children their same age and, in some cases, never achieve some skills.
The disability can begin at any age, including before birth, during delivery, or afterward. Causes vary from genetics to environmental, exposures, infections, or unknown. Early treatment can help improve skills but cannot cure the conditions.

Understanding Autistic Behavior

What Type of Social Situations Cause Problems for Individuals with Autism? Understanding autistic behavior requires insight into the challenges they face dealing with social interactions. Social issues are one of the most common symptoms in all types of ASD. People with ASD do not have just social “difficulties” like shyness. The social issues they have …

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Child psychologist showing happy and sad emotion faces cards to child with autism spectrum disorder. Caregivers spend a lot of time in appointments.

Autism Treatment Options

Autism Treatment Options   There are many different types of treatments available. For example, auditory training, discrete trial training, vitamin therapy, anti-yeast therapy, facilitated communication, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and sensory integration. The different types of treatments can generally be broken down into the following categories: Behavior and Communication Approaches Dietary Approaches Medication …

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Children with Learning Disorders Struggle to Learn in One or More Areas

Difficulty in One Area of Learning   Learning Disorders fall under intellectual disabilities as a subgroup. Having a learning disorder means that a child has difficulty in one or more areas of learning. The learning limitation, however, has no impact on overall intelligence or motivation to learn. Examples of common learning disorders include: Dyslexia – …

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Children with disabilities qualify for Medicaid quicker than adults because they usually do not have income or assets that limit direct access.

Intellectual Disabilities Struggle with Learning and Communication

Intellectual Disabilities Struggle with Learning and Communication   An injury, disease, or problem in the brain occurring before birth or after birth up to eighteen usually causes intellectual disabilities. Individuals with intellectual disabilities struggle when trying to learn new things or communicate their thoughts or needs. Broad Spectrum of Disabilities Just as communication and learning …

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Language and Speech Disorders in Children

Children Mimic Speech  Children learn language by mimicking what they hear. They pick up language skills best during their early childhood years before age five when their brains grow the most. Parents can help their children learn language skills by Mimicking the baby’s first sounds and gestures back to it helps the baby learn how …

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Developmental Disabilities with Muscle Weakness

Cerebral Palsy   Movement, Balance, Posture Cerebral Palsy (Cerebral=brain, Palsy=muscle weakness) is a term used to describe several childhood motor disabilities that affect movement, balance, and posture. Associated Conditions In addition to challenges posed by muscle weakness related to movement and posture, associated conditions such as intellectual disabilities, seizures, vision, hearing, or speech impairments, changes …

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?       Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. The exact causes are unknown but research shows influencing factors to include genetic conditions, as well as,  environmental, chemical, and other factors. Wide Spectrum of Abilities and Limitations Individuals with autism look like …

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