Childhood Development Issues

While some developmental delays may be evident when your child is young, others may not be detected until they attend preschool. These delays can appear as learning challenges, such as problems reading, doing math or following directions, while others are behavioral issues and include paying attention and sitting still.

Signs & Symptoms of Intellectual or Learning Challenges

  • Speech, vision and movement problems
  • Inability to follow directions
  • Lack of attention span beyond what is normal for their age group
  • Problems with reading, reading comprehension or other similar subjects
  • Issues with sitting still
  • Inability to get along with peers

There are a number of different diagnoses that can cause learning challenges and intellectual issues. These include dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. However, there can be other causes as well.

When is it time to get help?

If you have concerns about your child’s development, it’s important to act early. Many conditions will improve with early intervention. It’s not uncommon for a teacher or health care professional to notice possible delays, as they have extensive experience working with children.

Assessment methods for developmental concerns

Diagnoses of developmental disorders commonly involves the combination of understanding components of each of:

  • Psycho-educational assessments
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Academic assessments
  • Neuropsychological assessments

This may even include specific functional assessments for specific issues such as EQ or attention issues, not to mention the personality assessment components that are frequently identified as concerns.

Currently, Insight Psychological has the capacity to assess and diagnose disorders including:

  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Expressive and Receptive language disorders
  • Pervasive Developmental disorders (that are not always able to be specifically diagnosed) Some of these diagnoses can also include Asperger’s Disorder
  • Other communication/social disorders.

Treatment methods for developmental concerns

The type of treatment method will depend on what kind of developmental concern your child has been assessed.

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically-based approach, which looks at emotions and emotional intelligence, which helps support stronger and more secure relationships by helping better understand how our actions impact others, and how our emotions drive our interactions. EFT believes that emotions are basically adaptive and guide our attachment needs, while therapy helps clients learn how to express these emotions in ways that facilitate bonding, tolerate and regulate them, while also making sense of those feelings expressed by others. EFT practice is also based on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotion, thereby increasing their overall emotional intelligence. EFT attempts to make deep emotional changes in individuals and relationships by shifting from fear and conflict to corrective emotional experiences. Clients are taught to honor their feelings and express them in ways that bring others closer and resolve their needs, rather than engage in patterns that push others away and leave attachment needs unresolved.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Behaviour Therapy includes the thinking processes, attitudes and values which typically impact an individual. Generally speaking, Behaviour Therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment. Behaviour Therapy also looks at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes overt behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes. Typically, treatment goals are more concrete and objective with a strong focus on measuring progress over time. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to create new learning and/or new conditions for learning that will ultimately impact the problem behaviour.
  • Family Systems Therapy (Also called Bowenian Family Systems Therapy) is used to help people resolve their individual problems within the context of the family unit. Members of the family work together to understand their, and each others role in the family. This method of psychotherapy helps people to understand how their actions and thoughts affect other members of the family and the entire family as a whole. Birth order is also examined to help people understand how coping methods and emotional issues are developed.

What will my child get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

A comprehensive evaluation will be done to determine the cause and come up with a working therapeutic plan that can then be put into place. When attempting to understand Developmental Disorders, exploring a psychological assessment can become a critical component in understanding the nuances needed to help adequately diagnose a specific disorder.

At Insight Psychological, we have the most up- to-date psychological tests to explore, understand, identify and even diagnose many of the developmental disorders experienced by both adults and children.