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School readiness eroded by chronic illness

from Reuters

Kids who are constantly sick early in childhood may have a much harder time in school than their peers who don't have a history of chronic illness, a recent study suggests. Researchers assessed school readiness in almost 23,000 children in Western Australia by looking at motor skills and physical independence, social skills, emotional maturity and behavior, language and cognitive abilities and communication skills. Compared with generally healthy children, chronically ill kids were 19 percent to 36 percent more likely to be developmentally delayed in these areas by the time they reached school age. more

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