The most common reason children have neurological disorders is poor care, and the Cook Childrens Hospital in Chicago has done a great job at managing that by keeping kids healthy, the authors write.
They’ve created an array of tools and services for parents to use to manage their kids’ health.
Some are geared toward children who have a chronic health condition, but many have been created to help children in different settings with developmental challenges.
“I think the most important thing is to have an understanding of the child,” said Dr. Robert Rucker, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and a principal investigator on the new report.
It’s also important to make sure that parents are aware of the different diagnoses and treatments available.
When a child is hospitalized, the first step is to identify what type of treatment the child needs.
The Mayo Clinic has a website, MayoClinic.com, which lists all of the common neuropsychiatric disorders in children.
Some of them are less common than other types, like autism spectrum disorder, which affects about 1 in 100 children, but it’s the most common.
Rucker’s team created the CookChildrensNeurology and Behavior Support Program, a resource that helps parents understand what their child needs, how it is treated, and how it compares to the typical children’s psychiatric hospital.
This includes the fact that some children with autism spectrum disorders are placed in specialized settings and some require intensive care.
Some children, like children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are not even on the autism spectrum, but they can still be at risk for severe and potentially life-threatening psychiatric problems.
“When you have a child who has autism, you can’t just say, ‘Oh, we’re going to just do this, we can’t control everything,'” Rucker said.
“You have to take that child and have them meet with a team that is going to provide that care.”
There are other tools for parents, too.
The Children’s Neurology and Psychiatry Services program is the primary provider of the autism treatment that is available in children’s hospitals around the country.
They also offer the “cognitive behavioral therapy” program, which is used to help kids who are having difficulty in social interactions.
“There’s an important component of understanding and communicating with your child about what is needed and what’s not needed,” Rucker added.
The report was released in advance of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In the past year, more than 700,000 children in the U.S. have been treated for autism.