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What is child development?

Child development is the physical, emotional, and intellectual progress your child makes as he or she grows. If your child has chronic behavioral problems or trouble learning, he or she may be referred to a child development specialist for some extra help. Similarly, if your infant or toddler is not meeting some milestones, like babbling or watching faces, a child development specialist may provide ways to help your child rejoin his or her peers.

The Child Development Department’s goal is to help children and their families be as successful as possible at school, at home, and in the community. The child development physicians and psychologists at McLane Children’s Scott & White provide a comprehensive individualized medical and developmental assessment of children with behavioral and learning differences. We provide counseling for parents and families to help them access appropriate therapies and services within the Scott & White Healthcare system, the community, and the school.

The physicians of the Child Development Department can prescribe appropriate medication to help children who have problems with their attention, behavior, mood, or anxiety.

What kinds of conditions does the child development team treat?

Child development specialists at McLane Children’s Scott & White offer treatment and skill development for a wide range of learning and behavioral disorders. They often work in tandem with psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, speech therapists, and occupational therapists.

Following are some of these conditions:

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related conditions
  • Learning disorders and school issues for kids at any age
  • Developmental delays in infants and preschool-age children
  • Autism spectrum disorders, such as autistic disorder, Pervasive Developmental
  • Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome
  • Behavioral and developmental problems related to genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome
  • Behavioral and developmental problems related to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental retardation, epilepsy, and fetal alcohol syndrome

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