There is a wide range of disorders in this category, from children with mild difficulties who may be diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder, through the more significant problems of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), to the most severe types of autism. Parents may have concerns about their child’s social behaviors and interactions with others, their communication skills, or their emotional development. There may be a complex diagnostic profile with attention, sensory integration, or motor problems as well. Learning may be accelerated in some areas (some children read or do math very well) but delayed or limited in other areas. Each child’s needs will vary depending on age and the severity of their problems.
While a diagnosis can be helpful, the most important thing parents need is an evaluation that is comprehensive and focuses on a child’s strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs for success in school. In particular, the evaluation should describe your child’s current skills in the areas of language, behavior, social/emotional functioning, motor skills, and academic performance. The right recommendations are essential for success in school and with peers. This type of evaluation requires skill in observing a child, administering the right tests, and integrating the results in a way that is usable by parents and school systems.
An evaluation from Neurodevelopment Associates will help you understand and advocate for your child’s needs. Click here to learn more.