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  1. What steps are involved in evaluating someone who you suspect to have a developmental disorder?

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    The evaluation must be thorough and should include screening measures done by a range of individuals involved in the child's life. It may include family members, caregivers, and teachers. It…

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    • How does ADD differ from ADHD?

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      ADD is attention deficit and ADHD is attention deficit with hyperactivity. We often see hyperactivity in those younger than 13 years of age. Hyperactivity is determined by rating scales done by teachers…

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      • Is medical treatment always necessary for developmental disorders?

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        Medication is not always necessary and are only for symptom reduction. Medication does not make some one read or cure any disorder. There are other accommodations and steps that can be taken to help…

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        • Does the speed of a child's writing affect school performance?

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          In the classroom we are still using writing instruments like paper and pen. Children who are slower at writing should be given the extra time needed to complete exams and assignments.

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          • What resources are available for children struggling with learning disorders?

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            There are many resources for those with developmental and learning disorders. Many of the associations and organizations such as the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) and the National Center for…

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            • Are tests like MRI & EEG essential for diagnosing developmental disorders?

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              Average MRI differences are generalized to large populations, not indivudals but may be essential for those with developmental disorders when there has been an injury or some sort of trauma. An MRI…

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              • Should the child be told about the results of an evaluation?

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                It is essential to involve the child in the evaluation - The child must be made part of the diagnostic team. This reassures them that they should not be afraid or worry about something being wrong…

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                • Are developmental disorders as common in boys as they are in girls?

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                  Yes, more common among males. Genes and hormones play a role in this in addition to how we identify with our gender - how "male" we are or how "female" we are.

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                  • If my child is excessively defiant do they have a disorder?

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                    We often feel that our children may be defiant and disobedient. Some children may have oppositional defiant disorder - the type of oppositional defiance whether it be voluntary or involuntary must…

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                    • What is the difference between Autism and Aspergers syndrome?

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                      Aspergers and Autism are complex disorders but they both have trouble interpretting and understanding emotion, overly self-aware and underaware of those around them.

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                      • Are there risks of addiction with stimulant medications?

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                        With all medications we should be concerned about this. It is a valid concern for many parents and caregivers. Especially, with the substantial increase in the abuse of prescription drugs. Stimulant…

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                        • What is PANDAS Syndrome?

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                          PANDAS is an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus Infection. Individuals with strep infections that develop OCD like symptoms such rage episodes,…

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