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Copy of Neurodevelopmental disorders Detection and referral of at-risk children

Practice guidelines - Posted on Jun 09 2021

OBJECTIVES

The aims of this guideline are to:

  • harmonise detection and referral practices in children with a neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) in an at-risk population from birth to 7 years of age (7 years and 11 months) within formalised paediatric care networks and by primary healthcare professionals in conjunction with them;
  • optimise the pathway of the child and his/her family, from identification of warning signs of NDD through to referral for early intervention and/or to a second-line diagnostic and management team.

NDDs1 begin during the development period and include:

  • intellectual disabilities (intellectual development disorder);
  • communication disorders;
  • autism spectrum disorder;
  • specific learning disorder (reading, written expression and dyscalculia);
  • motor disorders (developmental coordination disorder, stereotypies, tics);
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
  • other NDDs, specified (for example, NDD associated with prenatal alcohol exposure), or otherwise.

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