CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Global Developmental Delay

Global developmental delay (GDD) refers to developmental delays in multiple areas including cognition, motor, speech, language, social, and activities of daily living. This condition refers to gross developmental disabilities in children five years or younger; who are typically too young to complete standardized neuropsychological assessment. The diagnosis is often temporary until official assessment can be completed for a more comprehensive understanding of the deficits. In other words, children who fail to meet developmental milestones like talking or walking and then remain behind their same-aged peers in these abilities over time are said to have GDD. Common genetic causes of global developmental delay include Fragile X and Rett Syndrome (Moeschler & Shevell, 2014). There are other causes, such as birth trauma (like losing oxygen during delivery and causing brain damage) or severe environmental neglect (when primary caregivers are mostly absent or extremely neglectful). Many adopted children with prenatal exposure to drugs and/or alcohol have GDD as well.

Without early intervention to remediate some of the delays; children can go on to later be diagnosed with an intellectual disability, meaning their intelligence levels fall far below average. Often having the child placed in an environment with adequate individual attention is provided to improve areas of weakness is critical to increase functioning (Perna & Loughan, 2013). GDD can be a lifelong condition without swift and intensive intervention. If children are neglected and start to receive proper care, often some of the delays will improve. However, depending on the cause of GDD, a child may not ever be able to “catch up” to peers and develop appropriately. The result in adolescence and adulthood may be an inability to live independently, sustain employment, regulate emotionally, or sustain healthy relationships. If a child has GDD, time is of the essence in terms of treatment. The earlier we can treat the child, the better the prognosis for recovery. Often children with GDD respond well to neuromodulation in conjunction with other treatments.

Moeschler, J., & Shevell, M. (2014). Comprehensive evaluation of the child with intellectual disability or global developmental delay. Pediatrics, 903-918.

Perna, R., & Loughan, A. (2013). Early developmental delays: A cross validation study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1(2).

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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