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What are Some Common Developmental Disorders?

Learn more about the different kinds of development disorders that can appear in children.

It’s amazing to watch your children grow and learn. Of course, if you are noticing some rather odd behavior in your little one, you may be worried that it could be a developmental disorder. Before you panic, take a deep breath and turn to our Monmouth County Developmental Disordersdevelopmental pediatrician Dr. Alison Smoller for the care you and your child need to make sure he or she leads a happy, healthy life.

Developmental disabilities can happen to any child. In fact, according to the Center of Disease Control, about 15 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 17 have one or more development disorders.

This includes:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Risk Factors for Developmental Disorders

Most developmental disorders can occur at any point in time during childhood and often last the rest of their life. There are many factors that are assumed to be responsible for these developmental disorders including:

  • Genetics
  • Behaviors during pregnancy (e.g. smoking)
  • Birth complications
  • Infections during pregnancy

However, for many developmental disorders, there is no known cause.

What You Should Do

It’s important that your child continues to go to routine checkups with our developmental pediatrician in Monmouth County. By coming in for annual visits, you can get professional monitoring to make sure that your little one is hitting all developmental milestones. And if there is an issue, the sooner you come in to address the situation the better. Early interventions can help your child adopt new skill sets and may prevent the need for more aggressive interventions in the future.

Call your Monmouth County Developmental Pediatrician

If you don’t think your child has reached an important milestone don’t wait to seek treatment. Your child’s health is our main concern. Call Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey where our Monmouth County developmental pediatrician are always here for you and your child.


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