autism, aDHD, and Behavioral Issues
Neurodevelopmental disorders are impairments of the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system which affects emotion, learning ability, self control, and memory. These disorders typically manifest early in development, often before the child enters grade school and can persist throughout an individual's lifetime. These disorders present many challenges for all individuals that affects their emotions, ability to learn, attention, memory, ability to socialize, and the ability to maintain self control. The neurodevelopmental disorders that I specialize in include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The latest study completed by the Center for Disease Control states that 1 in every 88 children are diagnosed with ASD. The CDC also notes that the rate of ADHD has increased from 4-5% to 9.9% over the last two decades. Both indicating a strong need for treatment for those diagnosed with either or both of these disorders.
Behavioral issues can be the result of neurodevelopmental disorders or due to other factors such as their developmental stage, emotional needs, conflict in the environment, the child's temperament, bullying, and how parents respond to the child's behaviors. Regardless, a child's challenging behavior is stressful for parents and other family members.
The treatment that I provide includes the development of a treatment plan that can include the following: individual therapy focused on behavior management, family therapy, parenting strategies, psychoeducation, and coordination of care with pediatricians, psychiatrists, and school systems. The end goal is to provide the best possible outcome for each child and their families.