This speciality focuses on the treatment of children with special needs going through issues with their development and behaviour. The paediatrics in this field concentrate on the weaknesses and strengths of children, evaluate the problem and provide the best treatment for them.
These disabilities are conditions that are a cause of a malfunction in physical, intellectual or behaviour areas of a child and can very well cause a hindrance to the everyday life of children. They may have problems carrying out tasks that otherwise seem easy for other children their age or may show challenging behaviour which is contradicting their age norms. Children with such issues may need to be put in educational institutes that have a special focus on their learning and growth, using non-conventional techniques.
Symptoms of Developmental and Behavioural Conditions In Children:
Symptoms of behavioural conditions-
Getting annoyed, irritated, or nervous regularly
Getting angry often
Going against the rules set
Throwing temper tantrums
Being unable to handle frustration
Frequent arguments with adults
Blaming others for one's own misbehaviour
Speaking unkindly to others
Lying without remorse
Misinterpreting people’s behaviour as threats
Symptoms of developmental issues-
Learning and developing much slower as compared to other children of the same age
Facing difficulty in socialization
Below average IQ scores
Having issues in remembering things
Difficulty in problem-solving
Being unable to do usual tasks
It is important to note that these symptoms vary from person to person and it is possible that your child shows only a few of these symptoms. Make sure to consult your paediatrician before reaching any conclusion.
Types of Behavioural and Developmental Conditions
This term accommodates a number of conditions. The most common behavioural and developmental disorders seen in children are,
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Children with ADHD have unusual levels of impulsive behaviours and may have trouble concentrating on a task in front of them. Children may also be unable to sit still for long periods of time.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) – Children who are diagnosed with ODD have a persistent pattern of anger outbursts and disobedience. This kind of behaviour is expressed mostly towards authority figures, including parents and educators.
Conduct Disorder – Just like ODD, children with Conduct Disorder have problems in accepting rules and showing troublesome behaviour. They also show a tendency of criminal behaviour which may include stealing, lighting small fires, vandalism, etc.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – As the term “spectrum” suggests, ASD includes a number of ways in which autistic traits are seen in children. Children with ASD face difficulties in communication and learning.
Learning disabilities – These disabilities hinder the ability of a child’s brain to process information, store it, and give a response. These may be the cause of either genetics, brain injury, or environmental influences.
Down syndrome – This disorder is genetic and maybe a lifelong disability, depending upon its severity.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – A child with OCD has unwanted and recurring thoughts that are usually linked to fears. Such as a child who fears germs may have a ritual of excessively washing his or her hands.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – This causes a child to have continuous thoughts and memories of a traumatic event in their past. The events are usually terrifying to children, either physically, emotionally, or both.
Other conditions can include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and so on.
There are a few reasons why your child is showing signs of a developmental or behavioural condition. Usually, these conditions are caused by a blend of different factors, including:
parental health during pregnancy (like smoking or drinking)
infections, either in the mother or the baby
exposure to high levels of environmental toxins
family history of substance abuse
exposure to drugs as a foetus
harsh methods of discipline used by parents or other authority figures
stressful environment at school or home
unstable life at homes such as transient or homelessness
Some of these factors significantly increase the chances of your child developing a developmental or behavioural disorder. However, the presence of these risk factors does not always result in a disorder. Nevertheless, it is important for the authority figures to make sure the child feels safe, both at home and school and has a safe space to talk about their problems.
How To Diagnose These Disabilities -
In the diagnosis of these conditions, a team of experts, including child therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc., work together to come to a conclusion for your child’s condition. Children have to go through rounds of interviews alone as well as with their parents. The experts will evaluate a child’s background, family and medical history, symptoms and so on. You will also be requested to complete or fill out a questionnaire to give the expert an idea about your child’s behaviour and its effect on daily life.
After a thorough evaluation, experts will meet parents to discuss the diagnosis and the treatment that is to be followed.
The doctors at CARE Hospitals make sure your child’s condition is diagnosed as early as possible and treated properly.
Services Offered By CARE Hospitals -
CARE Hospitals offer a number of services for the betterment of your child’s health, including,
Evaluation and diagnosis – this helps our experts come to a conclusion for your child’s condition, using state-of-the-art diagnostic services
Parent-Child Interaction Training – family-oriented therapy to improve the parent-child relationship.
Individual Therapy – individual counselling of the child in a confidential and safe environment
Family Therapy – designed to identify family problems that may be the reason for a behavioural disorder
Speech and Language Therapy – assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders in the child.
How CARE Hospitals Can Help -
CARE Hospitals paediatrics Department provides all the necessary services that will help your child live a healthy life, be it physically or mentally. The Department has a team of highly qualified doctors ready to deal with your child’s developmental and behavioural issues.
Our innovative approach to child care ensures that your child receives the most advanced resources. Our personalized care ensures that your child’s unique strengths and challenges are recognized. CARE Hospitals believe in treating your child, not just with medications, but with compassion and care.
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