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Facts on Traumatic Stress and Children With Developmental Disabilities

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People with developmental disabilities are more likely to be exposed to certain types of traumatic experiences, and certain types of trauma make developmental delays more likely. This guide shares statistics related to individuals with disabilities in the United States and incidence of trauma among children and adults with developmental disabilities.

It also offers suggestions for tailoring evaluation and therapy to address the needs of children with developmental disabilities; suggestions include slowing down your speech, presenting information one piece at a time, and working on building coping skills.

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)