Developmental Disorders

What Is A Developmental Disorder?

Developmental disorders limit a child's ability to develop effective, strong language, communication, socialization, and motor skills. In some cases, developmental disorders are genetic or present from birth (congenital). In other cases, health conditions such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy may cause developmental problems. Other risk factors for a child having developmental disorders include traumatic birth injury, maternal drug use during pregnancy, or premature birth. In many cases, there is no identifiable cause for a developmental disorders.

Common Developmental Disorders Include:

  • Autism
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Expressive communication disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Hearing or visual impairments
  • Down Syndrome

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder refers to a group of mental disorders characterized by a child’s inability to communicate or engage socially. A child or adult with autism spectrum disorder often has limited skills, interests, and patterns of behavior, which significantly impacts their ability to perform normal daily activities.

Autism exists on a spectrum, ranging from mild symptoms to debilitating impairments. An autistic child may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • Lack of eye contact, even with family
  • Lack of ability to socially interact
  • Frustrated or agitated by physical touch
  • Delayed or lack of language development
  • Inability to tolerate noise
  • Repetitive behavior

Autistic children and adults usually require strict routines and rituals to cope with their environment. While a child doesn’t grow out of autism, in many cases, they can learn to adapt to the world around them using specific skills. This is especially true when they have people in their lives who understand and help them manage their impairments.

What Are The Treatments For Developmental Disorders?

During your child’s physical exam, Dr. Larson and the team at Heber Valley Pediatrics collect information about their general state of health, including their:

  • Height and weight
  • Vital signs
  • Medical history
  • Medication history
  • Coordination
  • Hearing and vision
  • Communication and cognition
  • Nutrition

Dr. Larson asks you questions regarding their behavior, development, and mental health. He also evaluates their lungs, ear, nose, throat, skin, heart, and major organs. Dr. Larson also administers any vaccinations that are needed to keep your child up to date and makes recommendations for treatment or further testing.

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