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What Are Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

Does your child have issues that affect his or her behavior or ability to learn? A neurodevelopment disorder could be to blame. The doctors at Coastal Integrative Medicine in Stuart, FL, Dr. Melissa Singer and Dr. Lisa Rankin of Coastal Integrative Medicine diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders and can recommend helpful treatment options.

What Are Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

Neurodevelopmental disorders affect the function and development of the brain and nervous system and may make it harder for children to learn new concepts at school, interact with other people, focus, or master language skills needed for reading and writing.

In some cases, neurodevelopmental disorders run in families. For example, your child may be more likely to have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) if you or another family member has the disorder.

In addition to ASD and ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders include:

  • Intellectual disabilities, like Down syndrome
  • Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders
  • Learning and communication disorders
  • Motor disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Conduct disorders
  • Movement disorders

What Are the Symptoms of a Neurodevelopmental Disorder?

Symptoms vary depending on the type of disorder but can include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Short attention span
  • Trouble making friends
  • Reading, writing or math issues
  • Inability to make eye contact
  • Speech problems
  • Movement difficulties
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings, irritabililty and behavioral problems
  • Trouble paying attention and following instructions
  • Poor hand-eye coordination or motor skills
  • Problems with time management and organization

How Are Neurodevelopmental Disorders Treated?

During your visit to Stuart, FL, office your doctor will explain the diagnosis and treatment process for neurodevelopmental disorders. Although these disorders definitely make life harder for your son or daughter, help is available. Once an evaluation determines the nature of our child's problems, his or her doctor can recommend a variety of coping strategies and therapies and make referrals to the appropriate specialists if needed.

Speech therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, learning therapy and other interventions can help your child and your entire family handle the challenges neurodevelopmental disorders can cause.

Could ASD, ADHD or other neurodevelopmental disorders be responsible for your child's issues? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Singer and Dr. Rankin of Coastal Integrative Medicine in Stuart, FL, by texting or faxing (772) 344-1409.

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