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Children with Special Health Care Needs

Delaware’s Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs works to improve the well being of children with special health needs.

Partners include:

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Early Intervention


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary—from gifted to severely challenged. An ASD begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout a person's life.

Division of Public Health (DPH) maintains a registry for autism surveillance for children through age 18. Annual registration is required to maintain accuracy.

Follow this link to visit the Autism Surveillance and Registration Program webpage.

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