Neurodevelopment

Dr Leana van Dyk has an interest in neurology and the neurodevelopment of babies and children. Neurology is the area of medicine that deals with the nervous system - which includes the brain and spinal cord, and it is closely related to neurodevelopment. Neurodevelopment refers to brain development. Abnormal brain development causes brain function deficits that can affect a child’s emotions, memory, and their ability to learn, socialize and maintain self-control.

Dr van Dyk sees children that present with a range of disorders and assists with managing their complications. Doctor van Dyk can assist with the early detection of neurological disorders. Early intervention offers the best possible outcome for a child with a developmental delay. While there are no known cures for neurodevelopmental disorders, medication and therapy treatments are available that can help your child. We aim to help educate parents by offering in-depth, trusted, up-to-date information and to give support in managing your child’s neurodevelopmental disorder symptoms. Furthermore, Dr van Dyk consults closely with neurosurgeons, and other professionals, like occupational therapists, to ensure optimal care.

Many deficits/disorders emerge and may be diagnosed at birth. Some children are diagnosed later because symptoms only appear when a child misses developmental milestones, has developmental difficulties, a damaging infection occurs, or they have an accident that causes a brain injury. These deficits can be mild or severe.

Common symptoms and conditions include:

  • Developmental delays
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Meningitis
  • Diseases and conditions that affect the brain, nerves, muscles, and spinal cord - such as spina bifida, nervous system tumours, spinal muscular atrophy, polio, or disorders of the peripheral nerve like Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • Learning disabilities - reading disorders, such as dyslexia
  • Communication disorders, such as stuttering and speech delay
  • Motor/movement disorders such as Tourette syndrome or cerebral palsy
  • Emotional and behavioural disorders, such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorders
  • Impairments in vision and hearing