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Developmental Disorders And Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Orlando Psychiatric Associates

Psychiatrists located in Orlando, FL & Lake Mary, FL

Your child’s pediatrician assesses developmental milestones at each well-child visit to ensure your child is progressing as expected. Any delays in development may be signs of a developmental disorder. The team at Orlando Psychiatric Associates, with offices in Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, and Ocoee, Florida, offers comprehensive evaluations for learning and developmental disorders for children and adolescents to help you get answers to your questions. The integrative psychiatric practice develops individualized treatment plans to help your child and your family. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office closest to you by phone or book an appointment online today.

Developmental Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder Q & A

What are developmental disorders?

Developmental disorders, also called developmental disabilities, are conditions that affect a person’s physical, cognitive, or behavioral abilities. The conditions typically become apparent during your child’s developmental years and may affect their daily routine and learning. Developmental disorders are long-term conditions. 

What are the common types of developmental disorders?

The team at Orlando Psychiatric Associates specializes in the evaluation of children and adolescents with developmental disorders. 

Some of the most common developmental disorders the team treats include:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it affects brain development. Children and teens with ADHD struggle with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which may affect their learning and socialization. 

Behavioral disturbances

The team at Orlando Psychiatric Associates also provides evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents exhibiting behavioral disturbances, such as oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder. Behavioral disturbances are difficult to diagnose and emotionally draining for the affected child or teen and the family. 

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects communication, behavior, and socialization. The signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder vary in type and severity, which is why autism is called a “spectrum” disorder. Some children and teens require a lot of assistance managing day-to-day activities, while others excel in specific areas such as art, music, or math. 

An evaluation for autism will involve both a physical and neurological component, employing a range of evaluation tools that will assess cognitive functioning, behavior, play, and social-emotional functioning.  

Autism spectrum disorder can be managed with a combination of therapy, both behavioral and occupational, and, when needed, medication. Many children benefit from counseling, and special accommodations in school settings to help them focus and improve learning and cognition. Some children may benefit from dietary changes and supplements.

What happens during a developmental disorder evaluation?

The specifics of your child’s learning and developmental disorder evaluation may depend on the type of developmental disorder of concern. However, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation so you can get answers to explain your child’s learning and developmental delays. 

During an evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your concerns, as well as your child’s symptoms, medical and psychiatric history, and family history. To diagnose a learning or development disorder, the team performs various tests that assess cognitive and mental health. 

How are developmental disorders treated?

Learning and developmental disorders are lifelong conditions that require ongoing care. The team at Orlando Psychiatric Associates works closely with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your child’s needs. 

Treatment may include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Special education
  • Medication
  • Family therapy
  • Referral for physical, occupational, or speech therapy

Orlando Psychiatric Associates also works closely with your child’s school to ensure they get the care, resources, and services they need to manage their learning or developmental disability.

To schedule a learning and developmental disorder evaluation for your child or teenager, call Orlando Psychiatric Associates or book an appointment using the online tool.