Developmental Disorders

Multi-Level Treatment for Developmental Disorders in Chapel Hill, NC

Early childhood is among the most crucial periods for the healthy development of a child's brain. However, certain genetic or epigenetic factors may inhibit the normal growth of one or several parts of a child's brain, leading to disorders like cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and a range of behavioral issues. While these disorders can be difficult for a family to cope with, there is relief in the treatment options provided by NC Neuropsychiatry Attention & Memory Centers. Count on North Carolina's most trusted psychiatric specialists to help your child deal with their condition and live a happier life.
Boy with autism and down's syndrome clapping his hands

What are Developmental Disorders?

Developmental Disorders are those conditions that exist from a very early age, and often before birth. They can be caused by abnormalities before, during, and after birth, and are often first appreciated in childhood. Examples include learning disabilities, mental retardation, and autism spectrum disorders, but can also include a variety of less common presenting conditions. They can be caused by immune disorders, infectious disease, and genetic abnormalities. 

Consequences from these disorders often involve behavioral, social, psychiatric and cognitive areas. While behavior and social problems tend to be noticed more readily, it is often the cognitive consequences that have the most profound and long-lasting influence on development. Learning problems, problems with memory, poor attention and/or executive functioning, including the ability to plan ahead and problem solve, are seen with careful investigation. 

Approaches to treatment often depend upon a comprehensive evaluation resulting in accurate diagnosis and appreciation of functional and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Treatment typically involves a multi-level approach, and should be based upon accepted research-guided practices in the field.
To have your child evaluated for a developmental disorder, call (919) 933-2000.
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