Brain development is another aspect of development that is very important for the wellbeing of your child. As your child's brain changes from year to year, the neurodevelopment can affect behaviour, learning basic skills and social performance. By assessing your child's neurodevelopment in terms of standard development at that specific age, Dr Coetzee can rule out any neurological conditions or developmental delays that may be present.
When having a routine visit with Dr Coetzee, he will ask you for behavioural and developmental questions to find out what may or may not be a concern. Issues that may be of concern are those related to learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math as well as organisation, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention. Developmental delays, including speech delay, recurrent headaches, seizures or a lag behind his or her peers, can also be concerning. Behavioural aspects like lack of empathy may also indicate an underlying issue that affects neurodevelopment such as Autism.
Conditions like ADHD and dyslexia, may not be learning disabilities but can affect the life of a child beyond academic performance and can impact social performance and relationships with family, friends and in the workplace in the future. While many parents dread diagnoses, being aware of the neurological conditions, learning difficulties or developmental delays that your child is facing, you as parents are able to help your child over these hurdles.
With adequate parental education, Dr Coetzee is empathetic in explaining neurological and developmental issues that their child has been diagnosed with. As he has a particular interest in these conditions, he can assist in the management and treatment options of neurological conditions that affect learning such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD and ADD), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism and learning difficulties like dyslexia. Dr Coetzee may refer you to an occupational therapist or child psychologist for treatment.