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Developmental Conditions Specialist

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Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Atlanta, GA

Developmental challenges affect one in seven American children. Common conditions include autism, expressive language delay, and complications associated with premature birth. If you think your child may have a developmental condition, trust Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia. The pediatricians are experts in diagnosing developmental conditions and giving your child the support they need to succeed in life. To learn more about developmental conditions and how they might impact your child, call for an appointment or book online today.

Developmental Conditions Q & A

What are the most common developmental conditions?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 15% of children have a developmental condition. Children with developmental conditions may face challenges with learning and communicating or with other specific issues.

Some of the most common developmental conditions include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Language and speech disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cerebral palsy

Developmental conditions are usually present from birth, but may be identified when the child begins school. In most cases, children with developmental conditions will have the condition for their whole lives.

Do premature babies have developmental conditions?

Babies born earlier than 37 weeks are considered premature. Premature birth means that the baby was born before his or her body and brain were fully developed. Babies born prematurely may face challenges throughout life.

Some common developmental conditions or delays that premature babies have can include:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral disabilities
  • Communication disabilities
  • Delays in physical development
  • Vision, hearing, or dental problems
  • Cerebral palsy

Every baby is different, and some premature babies go on to develop like full-term babies. But for those who require special care in the beginning and throughout childhood, the team at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics offers the best support.

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a complicated developmental condition that impacts a child’s behavioral and social development. It’s a spectrum that ranges in severity, and includes conditions like autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). 

If your child has an autism spectrum disorder, they may face challenges with learning, thinking, problem-solving, or communicating with others. These symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways, from having a lack of interest in other people to repeating actions over and over again.

What is expressive speech delay?

Children with communication disabilities may have difficulty understanding other people or expressing their own thoughts and feelings. Expressive speech delay is a type of communication condition that involves challenges in talking and expressing oneself. 

Kids with expressive speech delay may have delayed vocabulary acquisition or struggle to form sentences. It can be frustrating for the child and cause them to act out in social situations or in school. 

Treatment for expressive speech delay is personalized for each child based on their age, symptoms, and tolerance for therapies. Treatment is generally focused on components of language and speech, taught and practiced through games and play. 

To help your child grow and navigate developmental conditions, turn to the experts at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics. Make an appointment online or by phone today.