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Developmental Disabilities

Only when a baby or preschooler lags far behind, or fails altogether to reach the developmental milestones, or loses a previously acquired skill, is there reason to suspect a mental or physical problem serious enough to be considered a developmental disability.

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Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disabilities are often suspected within the first few years of life if children are experiencing lags in the rate of their development in social, self-help, motor skills, and language development. Children with milder forms of intellectual disability may escape detection until their school years, when parents or teachers begin to wonder if their difficulties in learning signal the presence of ADHD or learning disabilities and bring them to a pediatrician for evaluation.