Neurodevelopmental paediatrics is a developing field that addresses complex aspects of central nervous system (CNS) development in children. This also includes physical aspects consequent to CNS damage and functional impairment. Neurodevelopmental "disorders" are characterized according to developmental deficits or delays that usually show up early in a child’s development, many times before the child enters elementary school, and can persist throughout the individual’s lifetime. These brain functioning challenges can affect a person’s emotions, behaviors, memory, attention, ability to learn, ability to socialize, and ability to maintain self-control.
Your child’s primary pediatrician is able to provide mental/behavioral health care, as well as prescribe and monitor medications, as needed. As part of their preventative care, screening for mental health and behavioral/ school performance problems will be done to monitor your child’s overall well-being.