Whether you, your child or someone you love has developmental delays or autism, Banner Health has the resources needed to excel. It’s natural to have a lot of questions. Find out more about developmental delays and behavioral problems that can affect daily activities, and learn how Banner Health can help support you and your family.
Developmental problems are delays in motor-skills, physical growth, problem solving or communication skills. Developmental delays and challenges can occur in both children and adults. Impairments are often detected in developmental stages of life for children and can affect everyday life.
Autism is a type of developmental disability that includes problems in social interaction skills, communication skills and language.
Developmental problems and autism can range in expression and severity.
The different types of developmental problems in adults and children can include:
There are also different types of autism spectrum disorders such as:
While developmental delays may be hard to detect, it’s important to pick up on changes in someone’s behavior, especially if your loved one has not yet been diagnosed. Some cues that may show signs of developmental problems can include:
Children, adolescents or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder may show signs such as trouble with communication, trouble with social interaction, atypical moods and other challenges.
The team at Banner Health will gather information during clinic visits and by talking to you, your loved one or your child. Assessments may include:
While you cannot outgrow developmental disabilities, you can progress and reach independence goals in your journey. We are here to help find the medical care and services that address you or your child’s needs.
When it comes to treatment options for adults, it is effective for adults to participate in therapy options, such as cognitive behavior therapy and speech therapy, to help discuss their feelings and thoughts, as well as identify connections between their emotions and behaviors. These types of therapies can help adults communicate their feelings to others. Therapy options available for adults who have developmental disabilities or problems may include:
Children may be able to help lessen their developmental problems if diagnosed early with the help of therapy, such as occupational therapy.
Banner also offers the Banner Academy program in Tempe, Arizona, a private school specifically designed to help emotionally fragile 4th through 12th graders who are diagnosed with:
The goal of Banner Academy is to enhance academic skills, social skills and the love of learning. Learn more about the Banner Academy.
Treatment plans for children and adults can change and evolve over time to fit individual needs. Let the team at Banner Health help find out the best options for you and your family.