Assessing Growth in Children with Special Needs

Genetic abnormalities and gestational environment can significantly impact a child’s growth patterns. Many orphaned children have conditions – referred to as “special needs” – that can have major implications in growth and development. Because of these growth implications, special considerations must be taken when assessing growth. Children with certain special needs are sometimes measured using different methods and tracked on condition-specific growth charts. Children with special needs should regularly be assessed by a health care professional in order to best understand the full scope of their condition.

Growth-related special needs conditions include, but are not limited to:

Learn more about children with special needs and their unique feeding and nutrition needs.