Developmental Screening

Comprehensive Pediatric Care

Zia Ghavami, M.D.

Pediatrician located in Ridgewood, NJ

At Comprehensive Pediatric Care, Dr. Ghavami is a leading provider of developmental screening and management services to assist children throughout Ridgewood, New Jersey manage their symptoms and get the specialized care they need.

Developmental Screening Q & A

by Zia Ghavami, M.D.

How does pediatrics differ from adult care?

Pediatrics and adult medicine differ in several ways. Children’s bodies are continuously changing and growing to make the care and treatment of these evolving beings very complex. Pediatricians are also concerned with congenital defects, genetic differences, and especially developmental issues. Dr. Ghavami is specially trained to communicate with children and their parents and assess these important concerns.

What is an autism screening?

According to the CDC autism and spectrum disorders affect approximately 1 out of every 68 children, causing issues with behavior and socialization which can have a significant effect on a child's health. Autism symptoms commonly develop early in childhood. Autism and developmental screening use special techniques and evaluations to help to improve the child's developmental skills, in addition, to identifying symptoms as early as possible. This ensures that treatment begins quickly. Screening for autism usually begins when a child is very young. Testing is then repeated at specific intervals as the child progresses through life and can include parent and patient interviews and physical assessments of the child. In addition to in-office screening, neurological tests, hearing and vision tests, and other types of testing can be provided to confirm a diagnosis and rule out any other possible causes of irregular behaviors or developmental hindrances.

What is Asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome is a very mild form of autism which can cause issues with a child’s behavior and integration in society. Most children with Asperger's syndrome can go on to lead healthy, normal lives once they receive the attention and care they need.

What treatments are available for children with autism?

Autism spectrum disorders can be managed with therapy and medications if needed. These treatments address behavior and social issues in addition to learning disorders when present. Several children with developmental disorders benefit from special modifications in school settings to assist them with focusing and improving their learning and cognition. Therapy can also help to provide a space where children can talk about issues they are facing and successes they have had.