Pediatric Annals

Editorial 

Developmental Disabilities: What to Do?

Stanford T. Shulman, MD

  • Pediatric Annals. 2007;36(8)
  • Posted August 1, 2007

Abstract

It is an astonishing statistic, that about one in six U.S. children is affected by a developmental disorder, including cognitive and/or motor disabilities, developmental language disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder. Each year, that would be about 670,000 of the approximate four million U.S. birth cohort. This huge group of patients requires coordinated healthcare services from a wide variety of providers, with the primary physician expected to provide some measure of coordination of these services.

Abstract

It is an astonishing statistic, that about one in six U.S. children is affected by a developmental disorder, including cognitive and/or motor disabilities, developmental language disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder. Each year, that would be about 670,000 of the approximate four million U.S. birth cohort. This huge group of patients requires coordinated healthcare services from a wide variety of providers, with the primary physician expected to provide some measure of coordination of these services.

It is an astonishing statistic, that about one in six U.S. children is affected by a developmental disorder, including cognitive and/or motor disabilities, developmental language disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder. Each year, that would be about 670,000 of the approximate four million U.S. birth cohort. This huge group of patients requires coordinated healthcare services from a wide variety of providers, with the primary physician expected to provide some measure of coordination of these services.

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