Alternate Names : Disintegrative psychosis, Heller syndrome
Childhood disintegrative disorder is a condition occurring in 3- and 4-year-olds who have developed normally to age 2. Over several months, a child with this disorder will deteriorate in intellectual, social, and language functioning from previously normal behavior.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
The cause of childhood disintegrative disorder is unknown, but it has been linked to neurological problems. An affected child shows a loss of communication skills, has regression in nonverbal behaviors, and significant loss of previously acquired skills. The condition is similar to autistic disorder (autism).
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Motormental retardation in children is generally related to significant central nervous system damage or abnormality. It refers both to lack of mental development and motor development. There can be various degrees of mental retardation, and failure to meet various normal developmental milestones.
Review Date : 6/13/2006
Reviewed By : Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.