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Developmental disorders more common than a decade ago

from Disability Scoop

The number of children with disabilities is on the rise, largely due to growth in incidence of mental and developmental disorders, researchers say. A new analysis in the journal Pediatrics finds that between 2001 and 2011, there was a 16 percent increase in the number of kids with disabilities. Though children living in poverty remain more likely to have disabilities, the study found that the greatest increase in diagnoses was seen among children from wealthier families. For the study, researchers looked at data on nearly 200,000 kids from the National Health Interview Survey — a routine government poll of parents with children up to age 17 — collected between 2001 and 2011. more


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