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    • ADHD Drugs Safe, Experts Say

      Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face a tough choice: whether to medicate their children or not.

    • Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children

      ADHD is a behavior disorder marked by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.

    • Autistic Disorder

      A child with autism appears to live in his or her own world, showing little interest in others and a lack of social awareness.

    • Communication Disorders

      Young children with communication disorders may not speak at all, or may have a limited vocabulary for their age. Some children with communication disorders have difficulty understanding simple directions or are unable to name objects.

    • Family Support for Asperger Syndrome

      The odd or inappropriate behaviors, problems with communication, and repetitive routines and rituals that accompany Asperger syndrome can make life challenging for the entire family.

    • Interacting with a Child Who Has Autism or Asperger

      If you are a parent or grandparent of a child with an ASD, it can be heartbreaking if you feel like you just can't connect with him or her. But learning more about these disorders and what has helped others should help you and your relationship.

    • Learning Disorders

      Learning disorders are sometimes called learning disabilities. Most children with learning disorders have normal intelligence, but they have difficulty with reading, math, or another academic area.

    • Pervasive Developmental Disorders

      Children with PDD have difficulty with language, communication, socialization, and motor behaviors. Autism is an example of a PDD.

    • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

      Autism spectrum disorders, which include autistic disorder, affect children in different ways. Some children have mild symptoms, others have severe limitations.

    • What Is Asperger Syndrome?

      Asperger syndrome is similar to autism, another type of childhood developmental disorder, and some doctors consider it to be a high-functioning type of autism.