Developmental delay and your children.
Brain injury refers to the trauma suffered by an outside force creating brain defects and inabilities. Injuries vary in each situation, and can happen at any time including before birth. Being born with a brain injury is known as congenital brain injury. An after-birth injury is referred to as “acquired” or non-congenital brain injury. Any type of brain injury can be hindering to a child’s development and learning ability.
Most congenital brain injuries are now named as other disorders and can be familiar to the common person. Some examples of congenital brain disorders are: cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, speech disorder, auditory processing disorder, behaviour and emotional problems, inter-cranial bleeds. Interestingly, psychiatrists do occasionally diagnose Secondary ADHD after a brain injury has occurred.
Symptoms and Difficulties:
Depending on the severity of the trauma, quality of life can vary greatly for a child with a brain injury. Many common issues for children with brain injuries include:
Verbal and Written Communication Issues
Low Attention and Concentration Levels
Poor Organizational Skills
Low Self Image and Understanding
Behaviour and Emotional Issues
Poor or No Motor Coordination Skills
Poor Control of Arousal Levels
Treatments and Therapy:
Our Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs are useful treatments for developmental delay. These sessions can help a child with a developmental delay adjust to everyday life. Speech Therapy can help to relieve any of the struggles that a child is dealing with.
At Focused Education, our speech therapists strive to identify the main areas targeted by the developmental delay that are creating communication difficulties, whilst our occupational therapy team focused on balance and motor skills that can significantly impair a person’s quality of life. Many of the goals that Focused Education strives to achieve with developmental delay patients are:
- Improved Motor Control
- Better Functional Skills
- Improved Cognitive Skills
- Focused Attention in daily tasks.
Having a child with a brain injury can also take a large toll on a parent. It is important for parents to seek medical advice to help learn how to deal with their child’s special circumstances. Speech and occupational therapy sessions at Focused Education also support parents and help them understand how their child learns, and how to adapt to the child’s behavioural issues.
One main goal of parent therapy is to teach them how to maximize learning situations specific to their child. This type of therapy can help strengthen the bond between the child and Perth parents, whilst reducing communication barriers.
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