• Help With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a condition characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. To be diagnosed, the condition must cause significant impairment in daily functioning in at least two settings, usually meaning a child’s symptoms are present both at home and at school for at least six months (1).

  • Help With Learning Disorders

    Learning disorders (LDs) are a group of disorders that inhibit the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, respond to, and communicate information (1). Most children with learning disorders have average to above-average intelligence but often process information differently than others, leading to issues in the classroom. LDs affect as many as 1 in 5 people in the U.S. and contribute not only to difficulties in academic performance, but also in developing self-esteem and interpersonal relationships (2).

  • Help With Behavioral Issues

    Behavioral issues in children can lead to stress and frustration for the entire family. In young children, these issues may not yet be categorized as a specific diagnosis, but a child with significant behavioral issues may exhibit signs of anxiety, have frequent and severe tantrums, be manipulative, and/or be repetitively defiant towards those in authority. Often these children are labeled by teachers, peers, and parents as disruptive, frustrating, mean, or even “bad.” Sometimes children who demonstrate significant behavioral issues are given a formal diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder. Often behavioral issues are identified along with another diagnosis like ADHD or Asperger’s. In many cases, behavioral issues never receive a formal diagnosis but nonetheless are a major issue in a child’s ability to make and keep friends or succeed in school. They often require intervention due to the impact on family life and disruption to everyday activities.

  • Help With Processing Disorders

    Processing disorders, like auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, and sensory processing disorder are caused by a deficiency in a person’s ability to effectively use the information gathered by the senses. The issue is not the result of impaired hearing, impaired vision, attention disorders, intellectual disability, or cognitive deficit. If the brain cannot properly process the auditory, visual, and sensory information it receives, a child’s ability to learn and thrive in an academic setting is affected, often leading to low self-esteem and social withdrawal (1). While processing disorders are not featured in the DSM-IV as stand-alone disorders, they are widely recognized as co-morbid issues for children with developmental delays.

  • Help With Asperger Syndrome

    Asperger syndrome (AS) is a pervasive developmental disorder on the autism spectrum that is often described as the mildest form of autism. AS is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, motor coordination issues, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior(1). People with AS tend to have many of the social and sensory issues of those with more severe forms of autism but have average to above average IQs and well-developed vocabularies. They may also struggle to understand subtle forms of communication like body language, humor, and sarcasm(2). Symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety disorder may accompany a diagnosis of AS. The prevalence of AS is not well established partly due to it not being recognized before age 5 or 6 and because language development is normal.  However, experts estimate that as many as 1 in 88 children by age 8 will have an autism spectrum disorder(2).

  • Help With Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

    PDD-NOS is a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum that is often referred to as atypical autism. According to a new poll released by the CDC, about 1 in 50 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children may be diagnosed with PDD-NOS if they meet some but not all of the diagnostic criteria for Asperger Syndrome or autistic disorder(1). A child who receives a diagnosis of PDD-NOS usually falls into one of the following categories(2):