Neuro-developmental disorders

What are neuro-developmental disorders?

Neuro-developmental disorders are impairments of the growth and development of the brain and/or central nervous system. This can result in social, emotional and/or cognitive difficulties.

Neuro-developmental disorders may include

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Intellectual disability
  • and learning disabilities. 

These disorders generally occur from around pregnancy and birth, therefore are often first noticed in early childhood.

What causes neuro-developmental disorders?

There is much debate currently around this topic. For most it is accepted that there are complex and multiple contributors including biological, psychosocial and environmental risk factors.

What are the experiences of neurodevelopmental disorders?

These experiences are wide-ranging depending on the individual but can include difficulties with:

  • Social communication 
  • Focus and attention
  • Processing speed
  • Language and communication
  • Academic work
  • Adapting to change
  • Memory and concentration
  • Cognitive flexibility 
  • Impulsive responses and behaviours 
  • Understanding and using appropriate social behaviours
  • Anger and aggression
  • Associated mood and anxiety difficulties.

How can Re-centre help?

We understand the complexity of challenges around individuals and families experiencing these disorders.

There are several ways we can help you and your family, starting with a consultation with one of our specialists.

In understanding your experiences better, and undertaking cognitive and other functional assessments with our specialist psychologists, more comprehensive diagnostic clarity can be achieved.

You can then consider the possible treatment options including:

  • Individual cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Family engagement, education and support therapies
  • Ongoing psychiatric medical reviews.

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