Department of Nursing, Choonhae College, Korea. Nursingeo@hanafos.com
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to look for physical growth and developmental retardation of the disabled children in registered educational institutions.
METHOD: The participants in this study were 103 children.
The data was collected from January to September 2006. Body weight, height and head circumference were measured and the Denver II developmental screening tool was used to measure personal-social development.
RESULTS: For 40.8% of the children body weight was less than the average for Korean children of the same age, for 49.5% height was lower than average and for 44.7% head circumference was lower. For 84.5% of the children there was a delay in personal-social development, for 87.4% a delay in fine motor-adaptive development, for 80.6% a delay in speech development and for 81.6% a delay in gross motor development.
CONCLUSION: Based on the findings of this study, it is necessary to develop an individual developmental programs for these children based on their growth and development status.