Fragile X syndrome is the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability. It is a genetic disorder primarily affects boys and results in a spectrum of intellectual disabilities, including autism and mental retardation. Fragile X syndrome can affect physical features, intellectual development, behavior as well as social skills.
A recent analysis of several past studies determined that parenting style has an influential effect on children with disabilities. Researchers determined that children with special needs exhibited greater independence, better language skills, stronger emotional expression and social interaction in response to "positive" parenting.
Childhood obesity may end up eating into disability funds
As an adult, the loss of ability to hold a job that provides substantial work and income can be a devastating experience. For many it takes from them a source of joy and fulfillment and fills that void with trials and tribulations. Those members of society have been paying Social Security in order to receive benefits in case such an event occurred during their lifetime.
ADHD can seriously impede a child's ability to learn and function in the day-to-day. For many parents this can mean additional expenses for tutors, education, and personal care. Children in California and nationwide who suffer from disabilities are often entitled to Supplemental Security Income to offset these financial needs. The cash benefit is available to those who are disabled and who have a limited work history.
For parents of special needs children, finding suitable educational programs through preschool, elementary and high school can be a challenge. According to a recent report, making the transition from high school into college or vocational training can be even more difficult.
Those with serious disabilities often face bureaucratic struggles with their insurance companies, when applying for benefits, and when seeking out assistance from both government and private organizations. In another case that lead to frustration and complications for one family, a boy with cerebral palsy who could not walk or sit up on his own was told that he does not need a wheelchair.
Doctors and other health professionals have paid increased attention to Type 2 diabetes, the form of diabetes linked to youth. As obesity rates have climbed in children, so has the documented incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Now experts think that the disease is more widespread and progressing more rapidly than once anticipated. The disease is also more aggressive in children and harder to treat.
Families of children with autism may be entitled to financial assistance in the form of Social Security Disability benefits. This will come as welcome relief to the many families who have had to put their children's special needs first, sometimes to the detriment of their career and their income.
Earlier this week we wrote about the potentially changing definition of autism in the American Psychiatric Association's upcoming revisions to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Under the proposed changes, the number of children who are diagnosed will likely decrease significantly. This may affect the number of children who qualify for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.