Developmental Delay | Developmental Topics

Early Detection of Developmental and Behavioral Problems -  This article from the AAP identifies the percentage of children who drop out of school and have undetected disabilities or known environmental risk factors, describes methods for identifying disabilities and developmental delays, and how early intervention can be effective.

Practice parameter: Evaluation of the child with global developmental delay -  These are evidence-based recommendations concerning the evaluation of the child with a nonprogressive global developmental delay.

Clinical Genetic Evaluation of the Child With Mental Retardation or Developmental Delays -  This clinical report describes the clinical genetic evaluation of the child with developmental delays or mental retardation. This report addresses the diagnostic importance of clinical history, 3-generation family history, dysmorphologic examination, neurologic examination, chromosome analysis (650 bands), fragile X molecular genetic testing, and more.

Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening -  This statement provides an algorithm as a strategy to support health care professionals in developing a pattern and practice for addressing developmental concerns in children from birth through 3 years of age. The authors recommend that developmental surveillance be incorporated at every well-child preventive care visit. Any concerns raised during surveillance should be promptly addressed with standardized developmental screening tests.

Preschool Children Who Have Atypical Patterns of Development -  This article describes the probability of identifying a specific etiology for mental retardation, delineates the strongest influences on young children's language development, explains how autism can be distinguished from other disorders, and describes the evaluation process of preschool children who have atypical patterns of development.

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