Introduction:

A somatic development disorder is any disability caused as the result of an illness or process which harms the central and peripheral nervous system, or the musculoskeletal system
Children with somatic disorders are entitled to have their health plan provide Child Development Services (diagnostic and treatment services) until they turn 18.

According to the August 2002 Ministry of Health definition, a somatic development disorder is any disability caused as the result of an illness or process which harms the central and peripheral nervous system, or the musculoskeletal system causing prolonged disability related to functioning capacity.

  • Official diagnosis of a "somatic disorder" is given by a pediatric neurologist, a physician specializing in general rehabilitation, the director of a child development unit, or in rare cases by a pediatric psychiatrist.
  • According to the National Health Insurance Law, children with somatic disorders are entitled to have their health plan provide diagnostic and treatment services from an inter-disciplinary professional staff at child development centers according to their individual needs until they turn 18.

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