Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities


There are many types of caregivers and all have important roles. Our focus is on family caregivers, who are unpaid and responsible for providing care at home, of children aged 3-21 with developmental disabilities. According to the CDC, about 1 out of 6 children in the U.S. have at least one developmental disability. Developmental disabilities typically start during the developmental period, are the result of difficulties in physical, learning, language, or behavior, and last throughout the lifespan. Examples of developmental disabilities include:

  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • intellectual disability
  • specific learning disability
  • cerebral palsy
  • developmental delays

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