A person may need support with cooking, banking, transportation, social situations, health care visits, and jobs. Three of the best-known intellectual or developmental disabilities are Down syndrome, autism, and traumatic brain injury TBI. Many families care for a person who has an intellectual or developmental disability. It could be a young child, an adult child who lives at home with his or her parents, or even an adult sibling. If you are caring for a loved one who has an intellectual or developmental disability, you are considered a caregiver. As a caregiver, you may be providing basic care by doing the following things for another person:.
Language: English French. To update the Canadian guidelines for primary care of adults with developmental disabilities DD and to make practical recommendations based on current knowledge to address the particular health issues of adults with DD. Knowledgeable health care providers participating in a colloquium and a subsequent working group discussed and agreed on revisions to the guidelines based on a comprehensive review of publications, feedback gained from users of the guidelines, and personal clinical experiences. Most of the available evidence in this area of care is from expert opinion or published consensus statements level III. Adults with DD have complex health issues, many of them differing from those of the general population.
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move for example, crawling and walking. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older. As a parent, you know your child best.
By Carolyn C. Older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can present clinicians with unique challenges related to appropriate assessment and treatment. Providers need to develop the skills and sensitivity necessary to effectively treat these patients. Adults with developmental disabilities are living longer, healthier, more meaningful lives.