Age of presentation in developmental disability

Thomas Lock, Bruce K. Shapiro, Alan Ross, Arnold J. Capute

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Abstract

It has not been determined whether severity of handicap or other associated factors are more important in determining the age of presentation for developmental disabilities. The relationship between age at presentation and referral source, presenting complaint, diagnosis, and associated factors (medical illness, motor signs, or behavioral disturbances) was examined in 738 consecutive children referred for developmental evaluation during 1982–1983. The nature of the complaint or diagnosis (motor, language, behavioral, or educational) was a far better predictor of age of presentation than the severity of the disorder. The degree of mental retardation did not affect age of presentation. Behavior problems did not affect the age of presentation for school failure or learning disability, but were associated with later presentation for motor delay, language delay, communication disorder, and within all IQ groups. The association of topography of handicap rather than severity with age of presentation should be considered when establishing or evaluating efforts at early identification of developmental disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-345
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Volume7
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Developmental Disabilities
Communication Disorders
Language Development Disorders
Learning Disorders
Intellectual Disability
Language
Referral and Consultation
Problem Behavior

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology(all)

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Lock, T., Shapiro, B. K., Ross, A., & Capute, A. J. (1986). Age of presentation in developmental disability. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 7(6), 340-345.

Age of presentation in developmental disability. / Lock, Thomas; Shapiro, Bruce K.; Ross, Alan; Capute, Arnold J.

In: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol. 7, No. 6, 1986, p. 340-345.

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Lock, T, Shapiro, BK, Ross, A & Capute, AJ 1986, 'Age of presentation in developmental disability', Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 340-345.
Lock, Thomas ; Shapiro, Bruce K. ; Ross, Alan ; Capute, Arnold J. / Age of presentation in developmental disability. In: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 1986 ; Vol. 7, No. 6. pp. 340-345.
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