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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 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)
- Autism spectrum disorders, including what used to be called Asperger’s syndrome
- Behavioral concerns such as tantrums and aggression (including accompanying anxiety and depression)
- Behavioral feeding disorders
- Communication, speech and language concerns
- Depression and anxiety
- Intellectual deficits
- Learning disabilities including Dyslexia
- Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder
Expert Care for Our Most Delicate
The center also supports the 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, DCH, DTM&H, who leads the Behavioral and Developmental Center, consistently sees improvements in behavior and learning ability in the patients she treats.
A Holistic Approach
Dr. Mehta sets her practice apart by incorporating 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 disabilities, 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 21 years. Patients are evaluated by a psychologist and nurse practitioner with social worker assistance in referring families to additional community resources, as needed.
To schedule an appointment with the Behavioral and Developmental Center, please call 321.841.9340.