Chapter 14. Developmental Delay and Disability

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician2,3,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow4 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer5,6
  1. Catherine Marraffa MBBS, FRACP, FRCPCH Deputy Director and
  2. Dinah Reddihough MD, BSc, FRACP, FAFRM Director

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch14

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Marraffa, C. and Reddihough, D. (2009) Developmental Delay and Disability, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. Developmental Medicine, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • developmental delay and disability;
  • developmental surveillance - flexible continuous process;
  • Bayley Scales of Infant Development and Griffith's Developmental Scales;
  • cerebral palsy;
  • spina bifida - severe congenital malformation of nervous system;
  • autism and autistic disorder, Asperger's syndrome and atypical autism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Developmental surveillance

  • Intellectual disability

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Irritability in children with profound disability

  • Spina bifida (myelomeningocele)

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Asperger's syndrome