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Developmental Disorders

Developmental Disorders

Author: Nathan Lampson

This lesson will examine factors that can cause certain birth defects or developmental disorders.

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Terms to Know
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

A birth defect that leads to mental retardation due to consumption of alcohol by the mother while pregnant.


A virus that can be contracted by a pregnant mother and lead to improper organ development of the baby, also known as German measles.

Spina Bifida

A condition in which lack of folic acid intake by the mother can lead to the neural tube not closing and a portion of the spinal cord being exposed on the child.


Anything that can cause or contribute to the development of a birth defect.


A condition in which parasitic cysts from exposure to cat feces can infect the mother and fetus causing birth defects or miscarriage.