The term developmental disability commonly refers to a severe and
chronic disability that is often attributable to a mental or physical
impairment that occurs prior to age 22.
developmental disability can be expected to continue indefinitely
and often presents significant challenges to children and families.
There are five diagnostic categories associated with the term developmental
disability. They are Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy,
Autism, and Neurological Impairments.
A developmental disability can result in functional limitations
in some of the following areas: self-care; learning; language and
communication; mobility and movement; socialization; independence;
developmental disabilities generally fall into these categories
there are many different conditions and diagnoses that are also
defined as developmental disabilities, including spina bifida, muscular
dystrophy, deafness, visual impairments, brain and spinal cord injuries,
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