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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.
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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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The developmental tasks for this new stage are not even defined yet.
Assessing wellness incollege students: A validation of the Salubrious Lifestyle Scale of the Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Assessment.
Developmental Tasks and Life History of the Elderly: Analysis of Havighurst's Theory
We feel that the process of brain development provides something of a template for how developmental tasks and experiences are best learned and integrated.
ERIC Descriptors: Elementary School Students; Grade 5; At Risk Students; Behavior Problems; Developmental Tasks; Low Achievement; Student Needs; Course Content; Student Reaction; Mathematics Education; School Psychologists; Demonstration Programs; Influence of Technology; Learner Engagement; School Personnel; Educational Research; Value Judgment
According to Super (1990), individuals go through different life stages and developmental tasks as part of their career decision-making process.
(8) Block d of Part IV on the form asks the rater if the rated officer completed developmental tasks and if those tasks were recorded on DA Form 67-9-1a, Developmental Support Form.
Melbourne, August 7 (ANI): Kids with jobless parents are more likely to have difficulty mastering certain developmental tasks and academic subjects, a study on life in Australian families has suggested.
Regarding "Attainment of Developmental Tasks by Adolescents with Visual Impairments and Sighted Adolescents," by Jens P.
These cover issues like sexuality, alcohol, drugs, values and ethics, family dynamics, self-esteem, management of difficult emotions, peer relationships, and identity, and are meant to help develop a sense of belonging to a group, decrease feelings of uniqueness, increase self-confidence and self-awareness, enhance insight, and support developmental tasks of adolescence.
The Harper government has signaled that it might maintain a presence in Afghanistan in a diplomatic capacity, and to assist in developmental tasks. In August, however, MacKay indicated that some troops might remain in a training and security capacity.
The Yemeni Shura Council experience, tasks, mechanism of work, and coordination between it and the Yemeni Parliament as far as legal, legislative and developmental tasks was also reviewed.

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