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Development & Learning Disabilities

Understanding developmental and learning disabilities is crucial for providing children with the support they need to thrive. These disabilities, ranging from autism spectrum disorder to dyslexia, can significantly impact a child's ability to learn, socialize, and perform everyday tasks.

When these conditions go undiagnosed, children and their families can face unnecessary challenges. A child may struggle in school or feel isolated from their peers, while parents may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to help their child. This can be confusing and frustrating for the whole family.

At New Beginnings Pediatrics, we specialize in recognizing and addressing these unique needs. Our compassionate team is experienced in identifying early signs of developmental and learning disorders, allowing for early intervention and better outcomes. We understand that every child is unique, so we always take a personalized, holistic approach.

We're here to support your family through every step, from understanding what's happening to finding the best strategies and resources to help your child succeed. If you've noticed your child struggling in ways that seem unusual or different from their peers, it’s time to reach out.

Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help your child succeed.

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Development & Learning Disabilities

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Common Childhood Developmental & Learning Disorders

As a parent, monitoring for common childhood learning and developmental disorders can make a significant difference in your child's future success. Like physical health, early detection and intervention can lead to better outcomes for your child's development, helping them reach their full potential.

Here are some common disorders that parents and caregivers should be aware of:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Autism affects how a child perceives the world, often leading to difficulties with social interaction and communication. Kids with autism might play, learn, speak, and behave differently from others.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Children with ADHD may have trouble focusing, sitting still, or controlling impulses. Girls and boys can both have ADHD, but girls often go undiagnosed as their symptoms may present differently than boys.
  • Dyslexia: Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects how the brain processes written language. Children with dyslexia may struggle with reading, spelling, and writing.
  • Dyscalculia: Similar to dyslexia, dyscalculia is a learning disorder that affects the ability to process and understand numbers. Children with dyscalculia may have difficulty with basic math skills, such as counting, understanding time, and solving math problems.

In addition to regular checkups, our team at New Beginnings Pediatrics offers screenings and evaluations for these disorders. These screenings help identify areas of concern and provide an opportunity for early intervention. If we feel that further evaluation is necessary, we can refer you to a trusted partner for a more in-depth assessment.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of these common disorders can help you advocate for your child's needs and get them the support they deserve. If you have any concerns about your child's development, we are here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during a screening for developmental and learning disorders?

Our team will assess your child's development and behavior during a screening through various tests and observations. You may also be asked to provide information about your child's medical history and any concerns you have noticed. This helps us gather a complete picture of your child's needs and determine the best course of action for their care.

Does my child need to see a developmental pediatrician for autism? 

Talk to your pediatrician if you have noticed any delays or differences in your child's development, such as difficulty with social interactions, communication, or behavior. At New Beginnings Pediatrics, we offer screenings for autism and other developmental disorders to help identify areas of concern and provide early intervention if needed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some common early signs of autism include:

  • Not responding to their name or showing typical facial expressions (happy, sad, angry, and surprised) by 9 months old.
  • Not using (or only using a few) gestures like waving hello or goodbye by 12 months old.
  • Not pointing to or showing you things they're interested in by 18 months old.
  • Not playing with other children by 3 years old.
  • Lining up toys or other objects and getting upset when the order is changed.
  • Repeating words or phrases over and over.
  • Not adapting to minor changes and getting upset when certain routines or expected events are altered.
  • Having hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behavior.
  • Having either a lack of or more fear, anxiety, stress, and worry than expected.

How can I help my child with a learning disability?

If your child has a learning disability, there are many ways you can support them at home and in school. These may include:

  • Getting an individualized education plan (IEP) or 504 plan for accommodations and modifications in the classroom.
  • Working with teachers and tutors to create strategies that cater to your child's learning style.
  • Encouraging and praising their efforts and progress.
  • Providing a structured routine at home to help with organization and time management.
  • Utilizing assistive technology, such as audiobooks or speech-to-text software, to help with learning.

It's important to remember that every child is unique, and what works for one child may not work for another. At New Beginnings Pediatrics, we will work with you to create a personalized plan for your child.

How do I schedule with the best pediatrician near me?

You can schedule an appointment with our experienced team at New Beginnings Pediatrics by calling us or requesting an appointment online. We are dedicated to providing compassionate care and support for children and families dealing with developmental and learning disorders, and we look forward to helping your child reach their full potential!

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