Neurodevelopmental Delay

Neurodevelopmental Delay

Watching a child grow and develop certain skills is a richly rewarding experience for parents. However, for some children, progression might seem a bit slow, creating concern—even fear—for parents. Most likely, the child is experiencing neurodevelopment delay. Through its Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Children’s Medical Center can make the condition better understood and managed – by providing knowledge for the parents, and individualized treatment for the child.

Children’s Medical Center has been named one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.

Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, Children’s is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. Neurodevelopmental delay is one of our primary concerns. Leveraging the full resources within Children’s Medical Center, our Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities provides comprehensive evaluation, treatment and support for children of all ages. We connect families with professionals in the field and help coordinate a wide range of services in the school and community.
 

Treatments and Services

Early Action is Critical

The earlier your child is tested and diagnosed the better. Early diagnosis can lead to earlier access to the proper course of treatment and, in turn, enhanced quality of life for your baby.

If the physician suspects any problems with your child’s development, she may refer the case to an expert who can take your child through a much more extensive battery of tests. This is called developmental evaluation.

Followup treatment generally includes

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy to enable children to learn and enhance fine motor skills needed for daily living (e.g., dressing, eating, and bathing)
  • Physical therapy to enhance physical capabilities (e.g., walking, jumping, balance, holding objects)
  • Behavior therapy that minimizes and corrects negative behaviors such as throwing tantrums, refusal to interact socially, or hitting others
  • Medications or surgery are sometimes advised, but this is determined by the root cause of a child’s developmental problems.

The Children’s Medical Center’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities offers comprehensive services for children up to the age of 18 who may have autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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