Common Conditions

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way an individual can relate to their environment and their interaction with people. Other forms of autism include Asperger’s, atypical autism, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorders, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Onset for these conditions typically occurs before 3 years of age, and deficits often persist throughout life. The behavioural characteristics of children are critical to the diagnosis of the disorder. The characteristics can be categorized into the following four subheadings:
    • 1.Disturbances in social interaction
    • 2.Disturbances in communication
    • 3.Disturbances in behaviour
    • 4.Disturbances of sensory and perceptual processing.
  • For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder please click on the link below: www.autismspectrum.org.au

Behavioural Disorders

  • Behavioural disorders include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These three behavioural disorders share common symptoms such as:
    • Becoming easily angered
    • Refuses to obey rules
    • Low self-esteem
    • Low patience
    • Seeks to blame others for misfortunes or misdeeds
    • Becoming physical with others
    • Inattentive
    • Impulsive
    • Overactive
  • Please see the link below for more information: www.kidsmatter.edu.au

 Cerebral Palsy

  • Cerebral palsy affects the way the brain controls the body’s muscles often resulting in speech, movement and postural difficulties. Cerebral palsy may be accompanied by other difficulties such as vision, epilepsy, cognition and learning, and other medical complications.
  • If you would like to find out more information, please click the link below: www.cpl.org.au

 Down’s Syndrome

  • Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition where a child is born with an extra chromosome, they are born with 21 instead of 20, hence why it is sometimes referred to as Trisomy 21. Children with Down’s syndrome often have:
    • Characteristic physical features
    • Health and development challenges
    • Some level of intellectual disability
  • Not all people with Down’s syndrome are alike so symptoms will differ
  • For more information about Down’s syndrome please click on the link below: www.downsyndrome.org.au

 Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

  • Dyspraxia is a disorder where a child has difficulty organising and directing the body to perform a movement in the most efficient way. Indicators that a child may have dyspraxia include:
    • A delay in reaching developmental milestones (e.g. crawling, sitting, walking, speaking)
    • Appearing to be accident prone
    • Poor spatial awareness
    • Slow to respond to a question even if they know the answer
    • Speech can often be slow
    • Difficulty sequencing (e.g. remembering months of the year/days of the week)
  • For more information, please click the link below: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

 Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Sensory processing is the effective registration of sensory information from the environment. It is the way the brain receives, organises and responds to sensory input. The three main sensory disorders are:
    • Sensory-modulation disorder
    • Sensory-based motor disorder
    • Sensory discrimination disorder
  • For more information, please click the link below: www.ncac.acecqa.gov.au

 Spina Bifida

  • Spina bifida occurs when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column has not developed completely. Spina bifida is characterised by the incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord and/or meninges. There are four different types of Spina bifida:
    1. Occulta
    2. Meningocele
    3. Myelomeningocele
    4. Rachischisis
  • Common symptoms can include:
    • An abnormal tuft of hair
    • A collection of fat
    • A small dimple or birthmark
  • For more information, please click on the link below: www.spinabifidaassociation.org

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