Pediatric developmental disability patient in exam room at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

What Are Developmental Disabilities?

Developmental disabilities is a broad term used to describe a variety of conditions that children are born with or acquire. Children with developmental disabilities often have physical, social, learning or behavioral challenges. Some of the pediatric developmental disabilities seen at the hospital associated with orthopedic conditions include:

  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy (limited to related orthopedic conditions)
  • Certain genetic conditions with orthopedic complications

Researchers at Scottish Rite Hospital are constantly searching for ways to improve treatment, care and diagnosis for children with developmental disabilities. Scottish Rite Hospital physicians see patients in a clinical setting where children with spina bifida and other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, learn how to care for themselves, maximize health and be as independent as possible.