Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Early Evaluation of All Children in Families with Neuro-Behavioral Disorders

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Early Evaluation of All Children in Families with Neuro-Behavioral Disorders

Article excerpt

The incidence of Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Learning Disability (LD) and Psychiatric disturbances such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is constantly rising. When one family member is diagnosed with such a disorder ("deviant"), the risk for the other children increases.

Objective: To establish diagnostic tools for differentiating "deviant" from "normative" children in families with neuro-behavioral disorders.

Material and method: In this retrospective study, charts of 23 children from 6 families with "deviant" children were carefully examined. Data on body build and personality, developmental milestone achievement rates, sleep, feeding and behavior, head circumference (HC) and height (HT) were compared to that of their "normative" siblings.

Results: Eight boys and eight girls were diagnosed for neuro-behavioral disorders (9-ADHD, 4-ASD, 4-DCD, 3-LD and 1-OCD), with major problems during infancy, in behavior, delays in speech, language and gross and fine motor development, in feeding, sleeping and communication. …

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