Developmental Disorders

Developmental disorders are neurologically-based conditions affecting the application and retention of different skills or sets of information.


1. What are developmental disorders?
2. How can therapy help with developmental disorders?
3. Your therapist
4. Find a therapist through the Harley Therapy platform

What are developmental disorders?

Developmental disorders, sometimes known as neurodevelopmental disorders, are neurologically based conditions that affect the application and retention of different skills or sets of information. Individuals with developmental disorders may have difficulties in applying social interaction, memory, perception, attention, language, and problem solving.

Developmental disorders can be mild in their impact on everyday life and may be easily manageable with appropriate educational and behavioural treatments. However, some individuals may require additional support if their disorder is particularly severe.

Examples of developmental disorders include:
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit/hyper-activity disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning disabilities including dyslexia
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Rett syndrome

How are developmental disorders treated?

The treatment of developmental disorders can vary depending on each individual but a therapist could be beneficial. Factors including the severity of the symptoms and the individual's age (if they are below eighteen) are often taken into account before a treatment plan is devised.

Psychotherapy can be used to treat developmental disorders and help individuals to express their emotions in a healthy way. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help those with developmental disorders to establish alternative ways of thinking about the problems they may be facing. This can help them to improve their communication and problem solving skills. Family therapy is often recommended for children to help loved ones understand the child's condition and improve communication and support amongst family members.

Your therapist

A good therapist for developmental disorders acknowledges that every person is unique and that their issues, behaviours, and emotions may be influenced by a number of different contributing factors. Therapists should not judge their patients, nor force them (or their carers) in to following a particular course of action. Therapists will often invite family members to participate in a child’s treatment to provide support.

We ensure that all therapists on the Harley Therapy platform are UK registered, insured, and professionally trained counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and cognitive behaviour therapists. They will work with you to decide the pace of treatment and how many sessions of psychotherapy might be needed.

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