What Do I Need To Know About Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

The primary goal of treatment for people with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) is to develop their potential to the fullest. Treatment is different from person to person. It depends on a few things, including what type of NDD a person has and how much it interferes with learning and other activities of everyday life. Other factors are also considered, such as age, general health, past medical history, and sometimes personal or family preferences. Talking with your healthcare provider is important to know which treatment plan is best for your family member.

Supportive services are the most common treatments for people with NDDs. These services can include:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Educational support/assistance
  • Family counseling and support

For most people, a combination of these services is helpful. Needs can change as children get older, and adjusting services on a regular basis is typical. It is important to work closely with your healthcare provider during this process.

Can medication help?

Medication can help reduce some symptoms of NDDs, such as behavior and attention problems. Epilepsy is more common for people with NDDs, and medication can often help. You can learn more about treatment for epilepsy here. Sleep issues are also common and some of these can be treated with medication. Discuss your family member’s treatment and support options with your healthcare provider so that you can help them reach their full potential.