developmental disorder

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pertaining to development.
developmental disorder
2. a former classification of chronic disorders of mental development with onset in childhood. Such disorders are now classifed as mental retardation, learning disorders, motor skills disorder, communication disorders, or pervasive developmental disorders.
developmental tasks fundamental achievements that must be accomplished at each stage of life, arising at or near critical stages in the maturation of an individual; successful attainment leads to a healthy self-image and success with later tasks. Failure to achieve developmental tasks at one stage leads to unhappiness in the individual, disapproval of society, and difficulty in accomplishing later developmental tasks.

Two major primary origins of developmental tasks are physical maturation and cultural pressures and privileges. Secondary origins are derived from the first two and are found in the aspirations and values of the individual.

Family developmental tasks are those that must be attained to assure survival of the family and its continuance as a unit. Examples include (1) providing shelter, food, clothing, health care, and other essentials needed by its members, (2) establishing ways of interacting, communicating, and expressing affection, (3) maintaining morale and motivation, (4) rewarding achievement, (5) meeting personal and family crises, (6) setting attainable goals for family members, and (7) developing family loyalties and values.

developmental disorder

a form of mental retardation that develops in some children after they have progressed normally for the first 3 or 4 years of life. Onset of the mental deterioration usually begins with a vague viral infection or other similar disease symptoms.

developmental disorder

Psychiatry An impairment in normal development of language, motor, cognitive and/or motor skills, generally recognized before age 18 which is expected to continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial impairment Etiology Mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, other neurologic conditions–eg, autism

Patient discussion about developmental disorder

Q. Is pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or autism is fatal……what exactly it is……?

A. Autism is not fatal in its symptom and progression but it can become fatal as it does impair normal physiological function it CAN BE a fatal condition. It’s a group of illness which involves delays in the development of basic skills. It happens to children below age 3. It affects the child`s ability to communicate and interact. Autism affected children are also found to be mentally retarded.

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children has another developmental disorder, which includes other disorders resulting in intellectual disability.
The study also examined the link between hypertension and autism or developmental disorder.
Objective: The present study aimed to compare children newly diagnosed as having pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) to those with developmental delay (DD) forthe sociodemographic, clinical and parental characteristics.
House Bill 2918, which requires insurance companies to cover certain kinds of treatment for pervasive developmental disorders, awaits the governor's signa- ture.
It is rare for a court to address the question of the criminal responsibility of a juvenile with a developmental disorder.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a category of developmental disorders that includes autism, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, and Asperger syndrome.
Autism is a spectrum disorder that encompasses many labeled disorders such as autism, pervasive developmental disorders, and Asperger syndrome (Jacobson, 2000).
Research indicates that schizophrenia may be a developmental disorder resulting from impaired migration of neurons in the brain during fetal development.
Current research theorizes that ADHD is a developmental disorder of self-regulation.
Diagnosed with "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified," the author's son, Jeremy, slowly emerges from a world of obsessive play rituals, atypical language constructions, endless pacing, and lonely frustrations, with the help of passionate parental involvement and the kindness of a few open hearts.
Here is how parents can help a child diagnosed with a developmental disorder feel at ease as they embark on a new academic adventure:
As recently as the 1970s, the developmental disorder was believed to affect just 1 in 2,000 children.

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