Children with Special Needs
Attention-Deficit/ Hyper Activity Disorder
ADHD is a neurobehavioral condition, the cause is still unknown, although genetics and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Download PDF document to read more.
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Autism is an “umbrella” term used to describe a group of multifaceted developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). The other pervasive developmental disorders are PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Download PDF document to read more.
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The term cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination but don’t worsen over time. Download PDF document to read more.
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Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional chromosome alters the course of development and causes the characteristics linked with Down syndrome. Download PDF document to read more.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with the possibility for lifelong implications. Download PDF document to read more.
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Communication Disorders - Language
Language-based learning disabilities (such as Dyslexia) are problems with age-appropriate reading, spelling, and/or writing. This disorder is not about how smart a person is. Most people diagnosed with learning disabilities have average to superior intelligence.» Download Language Disorder (PDF)
Communication Disorders - Speech
The speech disorders described in the following document are characterized as Communication Disorders.
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