What are Developmental Disorders?

A developmental disorder is a type of condition that impacts a person’s physical, language, behavioral, or learning skills. These disorders begin in childhood, but can impact someone throughout life. While there is no cure for developmental disorders, early detection and intervention can significantly reduce its impact on the person’s life.

Most Common Types of Developmental Disorders

Developmental disorders can take many forms and cause a wide variety of symptoms. Just a few of the more common developmental disorders include:

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Language and Speech Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Learning Disorders
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Vision Loss
  • Hearing Loss
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Encopresis/Enuresis
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

How to Know if Your Child May Have a Developmental Disorder

Taking your child to the pediatrician for regular well-checks can help you identify any delays that may indicate disorders. It’s important to remember that children all develop at different rates. Even two children from the same family can develop differently without an underlying disorder.

However, if you worry that there could be something different about your child’s learning, behaviors, language, or physical abilities, there’s nothing wrong with seeing a specialist. If the behavioral health care professional finds that your child is living with a developmental disorder, they will suggest resources and therapies. Then you can choose what works best for your family.

Treatment Options for Developmental Disorders

Treatment options for behavioral disorders are even more varied than the disorders themselves. The care that is right for another family may not work as well for you. That’s why we offer a wide variety of services. Some of the most common forms of developmental disorder treatments include:

  • Counseling
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medication
  • Family therapy

Our team of psychiatrists, advanced nurse practitioners, psychologists, and licensed therapists can work together to find the care plan that works for you and your child. Contact us today to set up an evaluation.