Mental health

Interventions for management of children with intellectual disabilities

Question 3: What approaches are available to enable non-specialized health care providers to identify and manage children with intellectual disabilities, including intellectual disabilities due to specific causes?

Management of child and adolescent mental disorders

  • Population: children at significant risk of intellectual disabilities
  • Interventions: use of screening tools or criteria for identification and assessment
  • Comparison: use of no tools or one tool versus other
  • Outcomes:
    • appropriate identification and diagnosis.

Recommendation(s)

Non-specialized health care providers should consider further assessment of children suspected of intellectual and other developmental delays by brief, locally-validated questionnaires.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Non-specialized health care providers should consider clinical assessment to identify common causes of these conditions under supervision of specialists, if available and may offer management or referral as appropriate.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Non-specialized health care providers should consider monitoring children's intellectual, social and emotional development routinely as part of the mother and child health programmes using locally-validated tools.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Evidence profile

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