Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
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Introduction to Disorders of ChildhoodIntellectual DisabilitiesMotor Skills DisordersLearning DisordersCommunication DisordersAutism and Pervasive Developmental DisordersADHD and Disruptive Behavior DisordersFeeding and Elimination DisordersAnxiety DisordersReactive Attachment DisorderStereotypic Movement DisorderTic DisordersInfancy, Childhood or Adolescence, Not Otherwise Specified
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Reviewed Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses Government Links

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Autism Spectrum Disorders
This site provides overviews of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including symptoms/diagnosis, treatment, getting help in your area, research, and additional resources. The information is very thorough, but understandable. This is a good starting point for those wanting to learn more about this class of disorders.

Intellectual Disability
This medical encyclopedia entry provides a definition of intellectual disabilities, as well as information on causes, incidence, and risk factors, symptoms, signs and tests, treatment and prognosis, complications and more. This information is very understandable.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Publications
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
This site provides an easy way to search all NCBDDD publications from 1990 to the present on mental retardation and related conditions. Once you find an article you are interested in, you can read the abstract for free on the site.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
NIDRR is a government agency that sponsors and disseminates research on disability rehabilitation (in areas such as employment; health and function; technology for access and function; independent living and community integration, etc.) with the goal of helping disabled people to 'perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society’s ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for its disabled citizens'. The NIDRR website provides information on programs and current research projects, grants, legislative and advocacy activities, and statistics.

President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to programs and services for persons with intellectual disabilities. Since 1974, the Committee has organized national planning, stimulated development of plans, policies and programs and advanced the concept of community participation in the field of intellectual disabilities. The PCRM website provides information on the history of this committee, current committee members, publications and reports, and links to important mental retardation resources.