Our psychiatrist has a subspecialty child and adolescent psychiatry and, among other conditions, he specializes in the diagnosis, advice and treatment of:
For children and adolescents with learning disabilities, our psychiatrist can help identify and assess contributing problems such as sensory disabilities, physical problems and behavioral phenotypes associated with specific genetic syndromes.
In addition to assessments he will also treat psychiatric disorders, which are two-four times more likely to occur in children with learning disabilities. It is believed that 30% to 50% of these children will have a mental disorder and, in particular, the likelihood of autism and attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is increased.
Our psychiatrist can help diagnose and manage autism-spectrum disorders and ADHD, particularly when the diagnosis is not straightforward. He can also help with associated problems of autism such as aggression, self-injury, sleep disorders and severe dietary restrictions. In addition, he can assess the parenting and family situation as it affects the child or adolescent
Behavioural difficulties can arise in children of all ages, and sometimes have serious consequences for their development. Parents and caregivers should watch for the following behaviour:
- if the bad behaviour has lasted for several months and the child is repeatedly disobedient and aggressive; and
- if the behaviour is out of the ordinary, and seriously contravenes the accepted home or school rules.