The neurodevelopmental approach does not rely on a diagnosis or label. We evaluate every individual in each of the six areas of development, determine stages that need more work and stages not yet reached, and recommend activities to be completed at home that will complete those stages or advance to new stages – whether they come to us with a label, a long list of labels, or no label at all.
Labels do help facilitate communication, though. They are sometimes a shortcut that allow you to explain quickly the types of struggles you’re dealing with. They also sometimes help us focus our evaluation based on things someone with a particular label usually struggle with. So, even though we don’t care if you have been given a label or not, here are some labels with which we are very familiar and are very comfortable working with. This is not a comprehensive list, so if you don’t see your particular issue or only have a gut feel, not a label, don’t hesitate to contact us.
ADD / ADHD
It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of grade schoolers today are affected by ADD or ADHD, but why does your child have trouble focusing? Why can’t your child sit still? There are a variety of underlying issues that can manifest as ADD or ADHD. We can help figure out what issues underly your child’s difficulties and, over time, help resolve those issues.
Dyslexia is more than just letters and numbers facing in the wrong way in a child’s mind. We have several strategies to that are key to your child learning new ways to help the brain process information.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
More prevalent? Earlier detection? Keen awareness of the issue? Experts cannot pinpoint why there has been such an increase in children diagnosed with ASD. We do know there is no single cause. This diagnosis is not something we shy away from. With each child we help on the spectrum, we are encouraged by their spirit, abilities, and progress.
Kids typically reach developmental milestones at approximately the same time as other kids. Reaching these milestones lays a foundation for learning other important skills. Developmental Delay happens when children don’t reach milestones within the expected timeframe. For example, children typically learn to walk between 9 and 15 months of age. If a 20-month-old child has yet to begin taking independent steps, it would be considered a developmental delay.
Significant lag in one area of your child’s development can translate to difficulty in another. For example, difficulty in speech and language is likely to influence development in social and emotional areas. As you can imagine, when someone has difficulty being understood, it can lead to outbursts and frustration. That’s why it’s critical to help your child overcome obstacles impeding development.
A slow learner is a child whose thinking skills have developed slower than peers their age. This difference is measurable and the student often struggles and scores significantly lower on tests and assignments. Although this child goes through the same developmental stages as other children, it happens at a slower pace. Reliable strategies can help master skills that help the student gain confidence and success.
Fetal Alcohol Effects
Fetal Alcohol Effects can fall into two different categories: Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD). This is one of the most common causes of mental retardation and is the only one that is preventable across the board.
ARND describes behavioral and mental impairments such as learning disabilities, poor school performance, difficulty controlling impulses, memory issues, attention span difficulties and also having sound judgment.
ARBD refers to malformations of the skeletal system and also major organ systems. It can impair the heart, kidneys, bones, and/or the auditory system as well.
Frequent, intense stimulation of a short duration in the right areas can have a huge impact on kids affected by FAE. In some cases, we believe it has made the difference between the child becoming an independent adult or relying on family members throughout their life.
Early Childhood Deprivation / Adoption
We’re all aware of the long term effects experienced by children who are deprived of love, attention, and exposure to early learning activities. It can hinder development, relationships, and the ability to trust others. Neglect can have a lasting impact. However, there are ways to help build trust and confidence in these amazing kids.
Learning to read requires a variety of visual and auditory skills. All of these skills must be assessed when working with those who struggle to read in order to determine where the issue lies. Comprehension can also be an area of difficulty.
Someone may be able to read a passage beautifully and sound out the toughest of words, yet struggle to explain what the passage meant, explain the main idea, identify characters, or recall supporting details. The earlier in development you can give your child support, the better.
It’s not just children with a medical or professional diagnosis that come to us for help. From youngsters to adults, our proven methods can help those lagging developmentally. We want to help you achieve more than you’ve been told you can. We believe in you and the progress we know you will make.