Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

People pursue counseling and therapy for a variety of reasons at Morgan Health Centers,
our services cover a wide spectrum of issues and conditions,  from minor to complex, both recently developed and long-standing.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders are those that are typically diagnosed during infancy, childhood, or adolescence, often before the child begins grade school. These psychological disorders include:

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Intellectual Disability – Sometimes called Intellectual Developmental Disorder, this diagnosis was formerly referred to as mental retardation. This type of developmental disorder originates prior to the age of 18 and is characterized by limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviors.

Limitations to intellectual functioning are often identified through the use of IQ tests, with an IQ score under 70 often indicating the presence of a limitation. Adaptive behaviors are those that involve practical, everyday skills such as self-care, social interaction, and living skills.

Global Developmental Delay – This diagnosis is for developmental disabilities in children who are under the age of five. Such delays relate to cognition, social functioning, speech, language, and motor skills.
It is generally seen as a temporary diagnosis applying to kids who are still too young to take standardized IQ tests. Once children reach the age where they are able to take a standardized intelligence test, they may be diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

Communication Disorders – These disorders are those that impact the ability to use, understand, or detect language and speech. The DSM-5 identifies four different subtypes of communication disorders: language disorder, speech sound disorder, childhood onset fluency disorder (stuttering), and social (pragmatic) communication disorder.

Autism Spectrum Disorder – This disorder is characterized by persistent deficits in social interaction and communication in multiple life areas as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors. The DSM specifies that symptoms of autism spectrum disorder must be present during the early developmental period and that these symptoms must cause significant impairment in important areas of life including social and occupational functioning.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – ADHD is characterized by a persistent pattern of hyperactivity-impulsivity and/or inattention that interferes with functioning and presents itself in two or more settings such as at home, work, school, and social situations.4 The DSM-5 specifies that several of the symptoms must have been present prior to the age of 12 and that these symptoms must have a negative impact on social, occupational, or academic functioning.

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Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Morgan Health Centers offers comprehensive evaluation of neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, Autism and learning disability evaluations for children, adolescents/teens and adults. A Neuropsychological Evaluation investigates an individual’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning, specifically as it relates to intellectual abilities, speed of mental processing, attention/concentration, planning and organizational abilities, language processing, learning and memory, sensory-perceptual functions, visuospatial processing, adaptive functioning, and motor speed, strength, and coordination.

Assessment and testing is particularly helpful for children with academic struggles, college students having difficulties keeping up with multiple demands, adults who suspect underlying attentional deficits as they experience more problems coping as life becomes more demanding and complicated, as well as people dealing with a variety of emotional difficulties. Information regarding cognitive abilities (e.g. verbal, spatial, processing speed, and working memory), academic functioning (achievement testing), cognitive impairment (e.g. memory), and objective personality/emotion assessment is provided.

Diagnostic clarification can include assessment for bipolar disorder versus ADHD, anxiety versus depression versus ADHD, high functioning autism spectrum disorder (Asperger’s), factors related to substance use, and problematic personality/character traits. Recommendations are individualized and inform treatment planning. Assessment involves a clinical interview and cognitive and personality/emotional testing and results in a comprehensive report that meets industry standards for test measures, diagnosis, and academic accommodations.

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» Dr. Robin Wand, PsyD. offers the following psychological evaluations.