Autism is a neurological developmental disorder. In the most basic terms, it is a disorder that stems from damage to the nervous system. This damage causes abnormal brain functions which may affect a person’s learning ability, self-control, memory, and emotions.
Autism creates many challenges for an individual. There are different levels of autism but they do generally affect the same three functions; social interaction, communication, and behavior. If you suspect your child has autism (or any other type of behavioral problem), I would speak to his/her primary doctor.
If you’d like some guidance on what the warning sign for developmental/behavioral issues are click the link below: “When do you start seeing symptoms of Behavioral/developmental problems?”
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a type of neurological disorder. Children or people with ADHD may have trouble paying attention and/or controlling their impulses. Please note, it’s normal for children to be inattentive or hyperactive sometimes. The only difference is that children with ADHD don’t grow out of it. This disorder can lead to difficulty in school, at home, or anywhere they may need to stay focused for extended amounts of time.
For information regarding symptoms, treatment, and lifestyle, please read, “What is ADHD.”
It’s natural for children to oppose what you say. As they grow, they learn that arguing, talking back, and disobeying is disrespectful. It’s a normal part of a child’s development.
If this uncooperative and disruptive behavior continues after the age of 8, so much so, that it stands out when compared to other children; then it becomes a potential problem. If there is an ongoing pattern of defiant and hostile behavior against the family or authoritative figures, you should take your child to his/her primary doctor.
From there he/she will undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine the severity of the condition and what kind of treatment he/she should undergo.
Disorders of Psychological Development
This term, “Disorders of Psychological Development,” refers to a wide variety of developmental disorders. It includes the more commonly discussed disorders, such as Autism and ADHD, and lesser know developmental disorders such as learning disabilities, communication disorders, coordination disorder, Genetic Disorders (such as down syndrome), and Tic Disorders (such as Tourette’s).
What Are the Benefits Of Seeking Help?
The answer is simple a better lifestyle. Depending on the severity of the disorder, the children can grow up to be independent. They will always need to be monitoring their symptoms. These are not diagnosis’s or disorders that go away with time; you will always have to be taking care of yourself or, to some extent, of your child.
But, if you are seeking the right support and treatments for each diagnosis, there is no reason why you, or your loved one, cannot the greatest potential.
There are opportunities available to help your child lead a ‘normal’ life. Depending on your state there are different programs or living option, some including;
- Governmental Institutions (jobs)
- Assisted living facilities
- Group Homes
- Family Care Homes