It’s amazing to watch your children grow and learn. However, if you are noticing some rather unusual behavior in your little one or as your child ages, you may be worried that it could be a developmental disorder. A neuropsychological evaluation can help to determine if your child displays characteristics of a developmental disorder, the nature of the strengths or weaknesses inherit in the disorder, and help to plan for current and future needs.
Developmental disorders/disabilities can happen to any child, and they can impact the child's social, behavioral, emotional, and academic functioning.
Developmental disorders can include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Language and Learning Disorders
- General Developmental Delays
Most developmental disorders begin during the development period, and they can have impact throughout a person's lifetime. There are many factors that are assumed to be responsible for developmental disorders including (but not limited to):
- Genetic or chromosome abnormalities
- Behaviors or medical complications during pregnancy
- Birth complications
- Metabolic conditions
- Early environmental conditions
However, for many developmental disorders, there is no known or identified cause.
What You Should Do
It’s important that your child's development be monitored closely. This includes medical follow-up (depending on the condition) as well as routine evaluations of their cognitive and behavioral functioning (as completed through a neuropsychological evaluation). If there are delays in their development, early intervention is critical to reduce the impact of their developmental disorder on their future functioning. The neuropsychological evaluation can help to outline your child's needs and provide recommendations for intervention, and this is true for young children as well as for teenagers who may be coming to evaluation for the first time.
you are concerned with your child's or adolescent's development, call Sengstock Pediatric Neuropsychology to discuss an evaluation.