Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Canada)

Mother and young son

This PSP aimed to identify the priority research areas of the Ontario neurodevelopmental disorders community when it came to questions about interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Neurodevelopmental disorders arise from disturbances in the growth and development of the brain and the nervous systems. Significant overlap exists among these disorders in risk factors, underlying molecular mechanisms and clinical outcomes related to emotional regulation, behaviour, learning, and self-control. Often children are given dual or multiple diagnoses dependant on these observed outcomes. In Ontario alone, more than 300,000 children and youth have been diagnosed with one or more neurodevelopment disorders.

After identifying the unanswered questions about Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the PSP also published a blog highlighting the existing answers to some of the questions they'd received that had already been answered by research.

See news from this PSP: June 2019

The Neurodevelopmental Disorders PSP Top 10 was published in October 2017.

Katherine Cowan talking about the priority setting workshop

Key documents