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For many mental health issues getting correct and early behavior, diagnosis is key. Maladaptive behavior issues require specific approaches, so children with behavioral problems can learn healthy coping mechanisms for their conditions and parents and caregivers to learn how to accommodate individuals properly. As a service provider, we do not diagnose disorders as that is outside of our scope of practice. We work alongside your doctor as they provide us with your child’s formal diagnosis. At Learning and Behavioral Center, we provide treatment for autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and more.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that may cause difficulties in motor coordination, communication, and social interaction. Those with ASD often have repetitive and strict behaviors impacting how they conduct their everyday activities. This requires parents, family, and caregivers to understand the condition and how it is uniquely expressed in the individual to accommodate their needs.
There are various early indicators that ASD may be present such as:
While the exact cause or causes of ASD aren’t known, researchers have found that a combination of environmental and genetic factors are involved. Here at Learning and Behavioral Center, individuals diagnosed with ASD have the option to undergo educational and behavioral intervention. During intensive sessions, therapists will work closely with children to improve their motor, communication, and social skills in a popular therapy such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is a mental health condition causing individuals to have numerous fixations and repetitive behaviors. OCD is categorized as an anxiety disorder. It causes the mind to create intrusive thoughts prompting individuals to establish rituals and routines meant to calm their extreme anxiety.
The team at Learning and Behavioral Center diagnose OCD using recommendations from the National Institute of Mental Health. Some of the signs and symptoms indicating OCD is present include:
We offer a variety of treatments for those struggling with OCD. Firstly, patients have the option of undergoing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). With therapists’ help, one will learn different ways of behaving and thinking to be less anxious during obsessive episodes. CBT helps patients learn healthy coping mechanisms. Additionally, therapists use exposure and response prevention to decrease the anxieties associated with a certain ritual. Also, when appropriate, certain medications aid in managing and reducing the symptoms of OCD.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a common childhood disorder that can continue into adolescence and adulthood. It is characterized by difficulty in paying attention, controlling behaviors, and hyperactivity. There are three subtypes of ADHD:
ADHD is a condition caused by a combination of factors. Family history (genetics), environmental factors, and diet have all been shown to be factors.
Our behavioral therapy aims to redirect a child’s attention in a way that helps them become more productive. With therapists’ help, individuals will learn how to become organized and attentive in completing one’s homework or finishing a project on a deadline. Through positive feedback, individuals learn to manage symptoms effectively.
Down Syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. With this extra copy, the baby’s body and brain begin to develop differently. Some common physical features include:
Down Syndrome is diagnosed prenatally through a process where the mother undergoes a series of diagnostic and screening tests. During these tests, doctors analyze blood samples and ultrasounds to find markers that indicate the presence of Down Syndrome. Tests are 100% accurate and should be conducted during the second trimester. While there are no specific treatments for Down syndrome, experts recommend mental health care to manage mood and behavior issues and physical therapy for motor skills.
If a child in your life is displaying any of the signs of the above conditions, Learning and Behavioral Center can help parents by providing treatment to these diagnosis. After you have received the diagnosis from your doctor, contact us at 1.800.683.3522, or contact us online.