From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach her full potential.
The manual that describes conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Intellectual Disability and includes other behavioral disorders is called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). In late May 2013, the fifth addition of this manual, DSM-5, was released. We are updating our materials to include new information from this edition. We will post the new versions of our materials as soon as possible.
To learn more about some types of developmental disabilities, click on the following links.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO