Developmental Disorders Specialist

Henry Hasson, MD -  - Child Neurology

Henry Hasson, MD

Child Neurology located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY

Developmental disorders can get in the way of your child’s educational, social, and family interactions, and can be stressful for both parents and children. For those in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and the greater New York City area, Henry Hasson, MD, is an excellent resource in navigating many types of developmental disorders. Schedule a visit with Dr. Hasson today to begin the process. You can book online at any time of day or night, or call the office during business hours to check appointment availability.

Developmental Disorders

What are developmental disorders?

Developmental disorders, also called neurodevelopmental disorders, are conditions that make it hard for kids to acquire, retain, or apply certain skills or pieces of information. For some, developmental disorders only lead to mild impairment that can be easily managed. In other cases, however, developmental disorders can be far more extreme. 

Some examples of developmental disorders include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Rett syndrome
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Cerebral palsy

There are many types of developmental disorders, each with a range of severity. 

What causes developmental disorders?

Not all developmental disorders have a clear cause, and researchers believe a number of factors can contribute to creating a developmental issue. Some problems appear to have a genetic component and are traced through families. 

Some other causal factors include:

  • Maternal infections during pregnancy
  • Untreated newborn jaundice
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Head trauma
  • Down syndrome

Ongoing research hopes to establish a deeper understanding of how developmental disorders occur and what can be done to prevent them. 

What kind of treatment can help children with developmental disorders?

Treating developmental disorders isn’t a one-size-fits-all matter. Dr. Hasson begins by working with your child to understand the full scope of their challenges. A customized treatment plan addresses those needs. 

Treatment focuses on helping your child make the most of their unique abilities while learning how to avoid new problems. Seeking treatment as early as possible is an important part of the process, and can help your child’s health team find ways to avoid complications. 

Because there are vast differences among the various types of developmental disorders, it should come as no surprise that treatment options are also different. Parents can be assured, however, that there’s a treatment path that can help any child, no matter how severe their developmental challenges. 

Medication might play a role in treating developmental disorders, but behavioral therapy is always a central part of the treatment process. Working with a skilled team with experience in developmental challenges is a great way to get your child the support they need to thrive. 

If you have concerns about your child’s development or are searching for innovative treatment options, call the office to schedule a visit today or spend a few moments on the online booking page.