Developmental Concerns and Disabilities

The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. Proper nutrition, exercise, and rest also can make a big difference. It is important to note that not all children develop at the same pace as other children their age. If you have a concern about your child’s development please to not hesitate to contact 2-1-1 and ask to speak with Help Me Grow.

For more information on general child development please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/facts.html

For some information on certain disabilities that can affect children please see the labeled tabs on this page.

Specific Disabilities and Medical Conditions:

Rett Syndrome

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Rett Syndrome (sometimes also called Rett's Disorder) is a disorder in the brain...

Speech and Language Impairment

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The term speech impairment covers a range of problems. One common speech problem...

Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy is a group of problems that make it difficult for people to control their own...

Autism Spectrum

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Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of disorders typified by a child's problems...

Cognitive Impairment

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A cognitive impairment is a condition where your child has some problems...

Down Syndrome

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own Syndrome is caused by having an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are...

Hearing Loss

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A hearing loss is a drop in a child's ability to hear. Sometimes it can be cured...

Learning Disabilities

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The term learning disability covers a wide range of problems. Your child might have...

Muscular Dystrophy

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Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a degenerative disease in which the muscles of the body...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) makes it difficult for children to control...

Spina Bifida

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Spina bifida, a condition present at birth, includes three kinds: Occulta (mild...

Visual Impairments

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The term visual impairments means much more than just blindness, but also includes,...

Other disabilities

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We recognize that our fact sheets do not cover the entire range of special needs...

Asthma

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Asthma is a respiratory (the breathing system including the lungs, mouth and nose)...

Blood Disorder

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Many different problems of the blood are called blood disorders and also called...

Cancer

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Cancer is a disease that happens when cells of the body begin to grow abnormally...

Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce your body's secretions (body fluids other...

Diabetes

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Diabetes is a disease where the blood sugar levels in the blood are too high or too low...

Epilepsy

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Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that makes children have recurring seizures...

Gastrointestinal Disorders

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Gastrointestinal disorders are problems that affect any part of your gastrointestinal...

Heart Disease

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Heart disease, also called cardiac disease, is a heart defect. The word cardiac refers...

HIV/AIDS

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HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a disease that attacks and destroys the body's...

Immune System Disorders

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The immune system -- your body's defense system against getting sick -- is made up...

Juvenile Arthritis

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Arthritis is a term used for more than 100 different conditions that affect the joints...

Metabolic Disorder

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A metabolic (meh-tah-bo-lic) disorder occurs when your body cannot break down...

Organ Transplant

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When a doctor removes an organ from one person and places it into another person,...

Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is not a disease, but rather a word describing a condition of the spine...

Traumatic Brain Injury

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Acquired Brain Injury is any type of sudden injury that causes temporary or permanent...