Developmental Disorders refer to a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination. Children with these conditions often are confused in their thinking and generally have problems understanding the world around them. These conditions generally to not improve much over time, however people do learn to live better and more effectively in these circumstances.
Because these conditions typically are identified in children around 3 years of age — a critical period in a child’s development — they are called development disorders. Although the condition begins far earlier than 3 years of age, parents often do not notice a problem until the child is a toddler who is not walking, talking, or developing as well as other children of the same age.
Dr. Schwerzler can be helpful to assess for any major developmental delay. These may include:
- Asperger’s Disorder
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Rett’s Syndrome
Dr. Schwerzler works closely with schools, psychiatrist and pediatricians in the area in order to assist children and adults obtain extra assistance to better function with a developmental disorder. Dr. Schwerzler does not specialize in treating these disorders, however he can assist with finding appropriate treatment options.