Symptoms Of Developmental Disabilities

Children with developmental disabilities exhibit the same symptoms as those who have ADD, which is Attention Deficit Disorder. Developmental disabilities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is said to affect between 3 to 5 percent of the population. Many children with developmental disabilities never get a proper diagnosis while the other children are improperly diagnosed with this disorder when they do not even have it.

The symptoms of children with developmental disabilities usually start showing up as the child enters school. Most of the parents may not notice that there is anything different with their child. Many children with developmental disabilities are highly creative individuals who are very intelligent. Parents may feel that their child is extremely gifted, but perhaps a little hyper. Today many parents are petrified of giving their children sugar so that they do not get too hyper.

But there is a difference between children who exhibits symptoms of developmental disabilities such as hyperactivity, than an ordinary child who is a ball of energy. Children, who have developmental disabilities symptoms also experience an inability to wait their turn for something, sit still for a few minutes, are very impulsive in their behavior and cannot pay attention. Many people feel that developmental disabled children are defiant or anti-social, which is not true. There are anti-social traits that can go with the syndrome such as lying, temper tantrums or aggression, but these are often quelled when the child is properly treated. In most cases, the anti-social symptoms are created because the child with developmental disabilities does not process thoughts the same way that other people process thoughts and can get easily frustrated.

Other disorders often accompany developmental disabilities in children including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. These are not always present in children with developmental disabilities; although a child that is displaying more aggression that is normally characterized for developmental disabilities may be evaluated for Bipolar disorder. It is thought that anxiety disorders such as OCD is genetically linked with developmental disabilities and therefore part of the condition in many cases.

No one is sure what causes developmental disabilities in kids. PET scans done of children with developmental disabilities show a difference in the brain of those with and without disorders, but for the most part, the diagnosis of disorders is a clinical diagnosis made after assessing the behavior. There is evidence of both environmental factors as well as genetic factors when it comes to developmental disabilities. Disability testing usually includes assessing the behavior of the child over a period of time. Children with disorders will exhibit certain behavior patterns that will enable the doctor or pediatric psychiatrist, to make the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis of developmental disabilities has been made, parents must then decide how they want to treat their child. Most of the parents today are using therapy instead of drugs to treat child disorders. Drugs have proven to have harmful side effects and herbal remedies do not actually work. Treatment plans and therapy have been most effective at helping children with developmental disabilities.