What is Developmental Pediatrics & Developmental Disabilities?

It is a unique subspecialty that focuses on children experiencing developmental issues and with special needs. A recent survey conducted showed that lesser than 30% of cases of developmental issues in a child are reported before entering the school. Although these kids receive routine pediatric care but due to lack of experienced pediatricians and reduced awareness among the parents the early signs often go unnoticed. Children with developmental issues need different types of learning techniques and special attention at home, school etc. Developmental-behavioral pediatrics focuses on strengths and weakness of the child. They evaluate counsel and provide treatment for children, adolescents along with their family members to overcome these challenges. What are Developmental Disabilities? Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, language learning or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, but may impact day-to-day functioning and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. Since every child develops at their own pace it becomes difficult to tell exactly when a kid will learn a particular skill. But skills such as taking the first steps, waving a hand, and smile etc can be set as a developmental milestone. Below are a few conditions which are seen in cases of developmental disabilities: Cerebral palsy, Autism, spinal Bifida, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome. Difficulty in the day to day work like sleep disorder, feeding problem, complicated toilet training issues. Learning disorders like dyslexia, writing difficulties and other school related learning activities. Delayed development in speech-language and motor skill and thinking ability. Attention and behavioral disorders including attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder....