Developmental disorders are a diverse group of conditions that lead to deficiencies in cognitive, physical, behavioral, language, and learning abilities in children and teens. Generally, these disorders appear during certain stages in a child’s development and often lead to impaired daily functioning. While some of the developmental disorders of childhood do improve as a child ages, many of the challenges of this group of disorders will persist into the teen years and adulthood. Developmental disorders may include intellectual disability (ranging from mild to profound), autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and Asperger syndrome. Children and teens with these disabilities benefit from a structured setting in which they are able to learn adaptive behavior and coping abilities addressed in an individualized plan of care that contains strengths, goals, needs, and objectives, as well as discharge plans. The goal for our developmental and intellectual disability program is to return each client to the least restrictive environment – preferably the home – and maximize his or her potential for independence.
Millcreek Behavioral Health offers a long-term residential program for clients between the ages of 6 and 21 that provides specialized training and development programs for children, teens, and adolescents who have developmental delays. These major developmental delays may be seen in a number of areas – learning, self-care, communication, self-direction, socialization, mobility, and capability for independent living. Children and adolescents with developmental delays live in community-based group homes that provide a normal living environment and increase chances for success.