Neurodevelopmental disorders can severely affect the intellectual growth of a child or teenager. While there are no cures for these disorders, medication and treatment therapy designed for those with any combination of ADHD, autism, communication disorders, or another learning disorder will help them transition into functional adults. To learn more about our treatment options, contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.

Learn about Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Brain development is fairly systematic. It is well orchestrated and tightly regulated, with genetics influencing how a child will develop. Neurodevelopmental disorders hamper or harm that development, and can hurt expected intellectual growth.

Neurodevelopmental disorders are characterized by developmental deficits. These disorders impair the growth of an individual’s brain and central nervous system, affecting behavior and thought. They can run through an individual’s lifetime, and, if not adequately assessed and treated early, can be very limiting in adult life. Professional support while they are a teenager is necessary to help prevent long-lasting problems.

Signs & Symptoms of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Warning signs of neurodevelopmental disorders include:

  • Inability to pick up on social cues
  • Lack of focus
  • Slowed individual growth when compared to other teenagers
  • Lack of self control
  • Poor memory
  • Motor disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a category of mental disorders. There is some overlap in symptoms, but they affect development in different ways. These disorders include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Communication disorders
  • Intellectual development disorders
  • Specific learning disorders

It is not unusual for many of these disorders to co-exist.

Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Each neurodevelopmental disorder requires personalized treatment. When treated effectively with therapy and medication, great progress can be made to help teenagers better handle social and intellectual situations.