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