To ensure earliest identification and intervention of child’s areas of weakness in development.
- Developmental Conditions: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability, Speech Delay/Specific Language Impairment, Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD): Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia; Sensory Integration Impairment, Developmental Coordination Disorder, etc.
- Acute and Chronic Neurological Conditions: Headache, Paediatric Stroke, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy/Neuromuscular Diseases, Tics Disorder/ Tourette Syndrome, Visual and/or Hearing Impairment, etc.
- Rare Diseases: Genetic Syndromes and Inborn Errors of Metabolism
- Psychosocial Problems: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Individuals, Selective Mutism, Anxiety, Adjustment Difficulties, Low Self-esteem, Lack of Learning Motivation, Internet Gaming Addiction, etc.
What is Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics?
Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics (DBP) is an accredited subspecialty in Paediatrics in most developed countries. In Hong Kong, DBP specialists are accredited by the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians. All DBP specialists are seasoned specialist paediatricians who developed specialized commitment to enable physical, language, socio-emotional and cognitive development in childhood and adolescence.
Through highly specialized and structured assessment, intervention and counselling, DBP specialists strive to enhance the quality of life of individuals in the context of development, behaviour and learning. DBP emphasizes the seminal impact of early recognition of a child’s areas of strength and weakness in the outcome of development. DBP specialists serve the developmental needs of children and adolescents as well as their communities through highly specialized evidence-based clinical practice, the most up-to-date research, leadership, parent education and, networking with all cross-discipline stakeholders.
Some common developmental conditions are as follows:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Developmental Delay/ Intellectual Disability
- Speech Delay/Specific Language Impairment
- Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia
- Sensory Integration Impairment
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
What is Paediatric Neurology?
Paediatric Neurology is a medical subspecialty that deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of neurological conditions in children. Neurological Manifestations of many diseases and disorders especially those leading to dysfunction directly or indirectly affecting the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, autonomic nervous system, muscles, the vascular and skeletal systems will be under the broad umbrella of the subspecialty.
Some commonly encountered conditions in this field include the followings but not comprehensive:
- Ataxia or Unsteadiness and gait impairment
- Movement disorders
- Muscle weakness
- Brain injuries and their complications
- Febrile seizures
- Headaches and migraines
- Floppy infants & hypotonia
- Delayed development and intellectual disability
- Congenital anomalies of the Central Nervous System
- Genetic disorders affecting the nervous system
- Cerebral palsy
- Neuromuscular disease
- Behavioural problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Developmental disorders such as delayed speech development
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Learning disorder