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Compassionate Treatment for Children and Youth
Every parent wants to see their child happy, fully engaged, learning and growing. Sometimes, however, a child may show social, behavioral or functional issues that indicate the possibility of a neurodevelopmental problem. The Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Behavioral and Developmental Center is here to help. Offering comprehensive treatment – including behavioral and holistic approaches – the center diagnoses and treats children and youth with the following conditions:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (including accompanying anxiety and depression)
- Autism spectrum disorders, including what used to be called Asperger’s syndrome
- Behavioral concerns such as tantrums and aggression
- Behavioral feeding disorders
- Communication, speech and language concerns
- Intellectual deficits
- Learning difficulties
- Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder
Expert Care for Our Most Delicate
The center also supports the Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by participating in the NICU Development Clinic and screening babies for neurodevelopmental health.
Treating Children for Healthy Development
If you suspect you may have a child with a neurodevelopmental issue, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. It’s estimated that approximately 15 percent of children in the U.S. between the ages 3 to 17 are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. The good news is that children with such challenges can be helped. Neurodevelopmental pediatrician Naina Mehta, MD, who leads the Behavioral and Developmental Center, consistently sees improvements in behavior and learning ability in the patients she treats.
A Comprehensive Approach
Dr. Mehta sets her practice apart by incorporating behavioral and holistic approaches as a normal part of her treatments, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary. She has co-published studies demonstrating the benefits of meditation, yoga and breathing practices for children and youth with ADHD and learning difficulties, and regularly sees positive results with her patients who apply these practices. A mother of six grown children, Dr. Mehta offers families both personal parenting experience and professional coaching in working with their children’s behavioral and developmental challenges.
An Opportunity to Overcome and Understand
The Behavioral and Developmental Center sees children and youth of all ages, from infants to teens and young adults up to 16 years. Patients are evaluated by a physician or nurse practitioner, and a psychologist with social worker assistance in referring families to additional community resources, as needed. We treat each child, teen and young adult as a unique individual, collaborating with primary care physicians, other Orlando Health Arnold Palmer specialists and community providers when appropriate, including neuropsychologists, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists.
To schedule an appointment with the Behavioral and Developmental Center, please call (321) 841-9340.