Neuroleptic Medications for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

  • Stephen R. Schroeder
Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)


Since the many methodological reviews of the early 1980s, there have been a number of neuroleptic studies with persons who have developmental disabilities. Generally these recent studies are better designed, with multimodal assessment packages and double-blind placebo controls. Prospective studies tend to support the view that low doses of neuroleptics may inhibit inappropriate behaviors, especially stereotypy, to a modest degree and may promote learning in some cases, whereas high doses tend to produce untoward effects. However, the results so far present a very incomplete mosaic of findings, and much more systematic research is required before firm conclusions can be reached.


Developmental Disability Tardive Dyskinesia Stereotyped Behavior Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Brief Psychiatric Rate Scale 
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