I’m Worried My Daughter Has A Developmental Disorder
Variation in our children’s traits, strengths and weaknesses is normal. If you are concerned that your daughter is struggling in a particular area or with a particular skill, despite behavioural intervention (such as tutoring), and your child’s teachers agree that she is struggling, speak with your GP, or one of our psychology team about a psycho-educational assessment.
Some parents are hesitant to have their child assessed. Advantages of having your struggling child assessed include:
- Assessment means the appropriate intervention can be applied.
- Intervention puts your child on a ‘level playing field’ to others, so she can reach her potential.
- Assessment and intervention can be hugely beneficial for self-esteem. Children who are left undiagnosed with a developmental disorder often experience anxiety and depression and feel inadequate when they can’t do something no matter how hard they try. An accurate diagnosis can bring them relief.
- A diagnosis may entitle your daughter to additional supports at school.
- Any diagnosis is part of your daughter’s confidential health record.
Links to information about the most popular developmental disorders are provided below.
- Autism: learn more – https://www.autism.org.au/what-is-autism/signs-of-autism/
- Dyslexia: difficulty reading – https://dsf.net.au/learning-difficulties/dyslexia
- Dysgraphia: difficulty writing – https://dsf.net.au/learning-difficulties/dyscalculia
- Dysgraphia: difficulty with maths – https://dsf.net.au/learning-difficulties/dyscalculia
- ADHD: – chrome-extension –