Neurodevelopmental Disorders Therapist Questions and Answers
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What do you mean by neurodevelopmental disorders?
Neurodevelopmental disorders are described as disabilities that are associated with the functioning of the neurological system and brain. These disorders can affect the brain and behavior of the individual, as well as the memory or ability to learn.
These impairments of cognition can make it difficult for individuals to communicate, have behaviors that are not considered normal and motor skills underdeveloped as a result of abnormal brain development.
What are the most common neurodevelopmental disorders?
Some of the most common developmental disorders that we see today include:
ADHD is one of the most common developmental disorders. Is it diagnosed normally early on in childhood and often can last into adulthood? Children who are diagnosed with ADHD may have issues paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active.
- Learning disabilities
Learning disabilities are considered genetic and/or are found by neurobiological factors that can alter brain functioning in a manner which affects one or more of the cognitive processes related to individual learning.
- Intellectual disability
Involves issues with general mental abilities that can affect the functioning in two areas: intellectual functions which is how you learn; problem solving and offer judgement and adaptive functioning which involves your daily activities with communication and independent living.
- Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy affects a person’s ability to move and maintain their balance and posture.
Autism is related to the brain’s development which can impact how a person may perceive and socialize with others, it can also cause problems with social interaction and communication between them and others.
Seizures happen when a burst of uncontrolled electrical activity between the brain cells ends up causing temporary abnormalities in muscle tone or movements, behaviors, sensations or state of awareness.
- Stuttering or stammering
Stuttering is also called stammering, which is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of an individual’s speech. People that stutter or stammer, know what they are trying to say, but they have issues trying to say it.
- Moderate to profound hearing loss
Is an individual who has issues hearing anything less than a certain decibel. Many with moderate to profound hearing loss will not hear everyday sounds without the help of amplification or loud sounds.
Blindness or vision loss cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. It is where you cannot see anything, even light.
- Other developmental delays
How are neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed?
Neurodevelopmental disorders are diagnosed via a neurodevelopmental exam which provides information about an individual’s learning, growth, and development over time. A team of specialists will carry out several tests to determine if you have a neurodevelopmental disorder, these tests may include the following:
- Developmental tests
- Neurologic exams
- Physical exams
- Brain imaging
- Lab tests
These tests help the specialists to better understand how the disease has affected your health and which treatments are most likely to help with them. These tests can also help to predict how the disease will progress, so the team can set specific goals for the individual diagnosed.
Are neurodevelopmental disorders also a mental illness?
The main difference between a neurodevelopmental disorder and a mental illness is the origin of the condition. Individuals who have been diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder are three to six times more likely than others to suffer from mental disorders including anxiety, depression and antisocial behavior.
Usually, these additional mental illnesses are less likely to be recognized or diagnosed and treated correctly due to the neurodevelopmental disorders.
An individual that has been diagnosed with a developmental disorder does not have the same cognitive ability to understand certain thoughts like individuals who have been diagnosed with just a mental illness. As well, neurodevelopmental disorders are a lifelong disability that cannot be cured, while a mental illness may not be lifelong, as some may be chronic and temporary or having recurrent episodes, but not lifelong.
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