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How are degenerative developmental disabilities diagnosed?

To be diagnosed with a degenerative developmental disability, a child will often have had normal development for a period of time following birth, with symptoms developing after months or years. A doctor may use this factor, along with symptoms and a medical history, to diagnose a child. Often, doctors will observe children for specific signs that are indicative of a specific disability. Genetic testing may help when the disability is related to a genetic defect.

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