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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that causes repeated unwanted thoughts or sensations (obsessions) or the urge to do something over and over again (compulsions). Some people can have both obsessions and compulsions. OCD isn’t about habits like biting your nails or thinking negative thoughts. An obsessive thought might be that...
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Here are five signs that your child might need occupational therapy: 1. Difficulty achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones If a child is behind in developing skills that are common during a particular age or during a particular time period. For examples: Not reaching developmental milestones of neck holding, sitting, crawling, and walking on time. Not learning...
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How can I tell if my child has Speech delay How can I tell if my child’s speech and language development is on track? Speech and language is an essential part of any child’s development. Language development impacts your child’s social interactions, behavior and academic skills. Early on, babies like to make sounds of their...
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What causes speech and language problems? Developmental speech and language disorders are a common reason for speech/language problems in kids. These learning disorders are caused by the brain working differently. Your child may have trouble producing speech sounds, using spoken language to communicate, or understanding what other people say. Speech and language problems are often the...
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How Child Psychology is Different to Adult Psychology Psychology is a broad term and as such a psychologist, once they have completed standard qualifications, will often specialize in certain topics or areas. Child psychology is one specialist area and is considered separate from psychologists dealing with adults. Child psychology and the concept of ‘the child’...
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What Are the Types of ADHD? ADHD is a neurological condition defined by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings – for example, at school, and at home. It impacts children and adults, boys and girls, and people of all backgrounds. The symptoms above...
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What Causes ADHD? ADHD is a brain-based, biological disorder that, according to research, is likely genetic. Researchers suspect that a gene involved in the creation of dopamine, a chemical that controls the brain’s ability to maintain regular and consistent attention, may be traced back to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). In other words,...
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What is ASD and what are the signs? What is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), previously called autism and pervasive developmental disorders? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by the following: Difficulties in social communication differences, including verbal and nonverbal communication. Deficits in social interactions. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or...
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Mental Illness Mental illness is a general term for a group of illnesses that may include symptoms that can affect a person’s thinking, perceptions, mood or behaviour. Mental illness can make it difficult for someone to cope with work, relationships and other demands. Anxiety disorders Anxiety disorders is a group of mental health disorders that...
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Behavioral therapies Behavioral therapies for children and adolescents vary widely, but they all focus primarily on how some problematic thoughts or negative behaviors may unknowingly or unintentionally get “rewarded” within a young person’s environment. These rewards or reinforcements often contribute to an increase in the frequency of these undesirable thoughts and behaviors. Behavior therapies can be...
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