Louis Pellegrino MD


Sensory Processing Disorder

What is sensory processing disorder? Children with sensory processing disorder have difficulty processing information from the senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing) and responding appropriately to that information. These children typically have one or more senses that either over- or under react to…

Bullying: Signs a Child Is Bullied

Children who are being bullied may be embarrassed and not want to talk about it. Be aware of the signs that your child is being bullied so you can help resolve the problem. If your child is being bullied, he or she may: Have physical injuries. Bruises, cuts, scrapes, and scratches are common. “Lose” items frequently…

Tourette’s Disorder

What is Tourette’s disorder? Tourette’s disorder is a brain condition that starts in childhood. Children with Tourette’s make sounds or movements—such as coughing or twitching—that they can’t control. These are called tics. Tics usually start at about age 2. They may be at their worst by age 12. Tics tend to decrease…

Behavior Rating Scales for ADHD

Written tests called rating scales are used to check for symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). These tests can help measure and compare a child’s behavior with that of other children the same age. It is best to complete one of these rating scales to help diagnose ADHD. The most common of these…

Conduct Disorder

Children and teens who have conduct disorder behave in defiant and disruptive ways, such as violating social rules or hurting other people, for a period of 6 months or longer. Younger children who have oppositional defiant disorder are sometimes later diagnosed with conduct disorder. Adults who have antisocial…