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Autism and ADHD

At NorthShore our team is available to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your child’s physical, cognitive and/or social development. 

If you feel that your child’s development may be delayed, please speak with your child’s pediatrician, who can provide you with information about testing and treatments offered by our specialists at NorthShore’s Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Clinic and the ISCU Developmental Follow Up Clinic.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

There is an increasing incidence of recognized autism spectrum disorders, with a range of prevalence as high as 1 in 50, according to a recent CDC study. These are considered neuro-developmental-behavioral disorders which present as a wide spectrum and involve a range of deficiencies in communication and reciprocal social interaction. In addition, they often have accompanied restricted, repetitive behaviors and interests.

Early diagnosis and treatment have been shown to improve social skills, communication and behaviors in children with ASD.

Although a commonly discussed theory, studies have not shown a link between vaccines and ASD. Please speak with your pediatrician about any concerns you may have about immunizations before deciding not to vaccinate your child. Learn more through additional resources

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD (formerly called attention deficit disorder) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in children and can persist into adulthood. ADHD can severely impact a child’s ability to be attentive and complete tasks at home or at school. 

Symptoms of ADHD usually include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  •  Trouble sitting still for even a short time
  • Acting before thinking.
  • Trouble developing friendships and/or relationships with peers