Posts for tag: learning disabilities

By LaCanada Pediatrics PC
August 16, 2018
Category: Child Care

Find out the best ways to handle some of the most common childhood learning and development disabilities.

 

Even though there is more information than ever before regarding childhood developmental and learning disorders there are still so many things we don’t quite understand and there is also a lot of misinformation out there. The goal of your pediatrician is to provide you with all the information you and your child need to understand their learning or developmental disorder and the most effective treatments and interventions available.

What are the most common learning disabilities?

One of the most common learning disabilities is dyslexia, which can affect how a child understands what they’ve read. It may also affect comprehension, spelling and other facets of reading and learning.

ADHD is another common learning disability that affects millions of children. Children with ADHD have trouble concentrating on work and may easily get distracted. ADHD can affect a child’s school, home or social life.

Other learning disabilities include:

  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Processing deficits

What are the most common developmental disabilities?

A common developmental disorder is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since autism is a spectrum, symptoms will vary in type and severity. It can affect a child’s ability to socialize or pick up social cues from those around them. They may prefer to be alone or not to be touched. While there is no cure for autism there are ways to manage the symptoms.

What are my child’s treatment options?

It’s important that if you think your child might be struggling with a learning or developmental disorder that you talk to your pediatrician. There are many ways in which to treat these symptoms through medications, therapy, lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, and your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your child.

No matter whether you have questions about your child’s learning or development disorder or your child is displaying symptoms of one of these delays, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to for answers, support and treatment options. After all, your family and your pediatrician are a team designed to help your child live the best possible life.

Are you concerned about how your child functions either at home or in school? Is he or she lagging behind his peers or older siblings at a learning disabilities, developmental disabilitiessimilar age? Are typical developmental milestones related to walking, language or fine motor skills missed or delayed? Then consult with your pediatrician in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Nasreen Majid or Dr. Susan Hirata. Their expertise in diagnosing and treating chronic and acute illness and in tracking your children's mental, physical and emotional development help you care for your youngster as he or she navigates the challenges of childhood.

Types of learning disabilities

Researchers at the National Institute of Health state that simply because a child struggles with a learning task or area of study, this necessarily does not indicate a learning disability. However, if the problem continues over time, your pediatrician in Las Vegas, NV, may recommend additional testing from the school psychologist or an independent expert, such as an audiologist or neuropsychologist.

Typical learning disabilities affect how a youngster speaks, listens, moves, pays attention, calculates and reads. You may have heard of many of the following disabilities:

  • Dyslexia affects handwriting, math computation, telling time, sequential memory and reading comprehension.
  • Dyscalculia expresses in handwriting that is illegible for the child's age.
  • Dysgraphia is a math/arithmetic disability.
  • Dyspraxia involves noise and touch sensitivity, poor coordination and task organization and balance issues.

Some lesser known disabilities are Central Auditory Processing Disorder, in which a child struggles to interpret the sounds and ideas he or she hears, and ADD and ADHD which combine behavioral abnormalities with learning problems. Difficulty concentrating and completing tasks along with hyperactivity are common to both Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in varying degrees.

Types of developmental disabilities

Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and hearing/vision loss rank high in prevalence among American children. Crossing socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial boundaries, these disabilities vary from mild to profound and affect a full 15 percent of young Americans, says the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Similar to learning disabilities, developmental issues may change how a child learns, speaks and processes the world around him, but additionally, these disorders impact mobility, independent functioning and the ability to earn a living. Many experts in academia, medicine and psychology link these disabilities to birth defects, prenatal stress, nutritional deficits and environmental toxins (such as lead).

What you can do

If you see some differences in your child which worry you, please contact LaCanada Pediatrics for an appointment with your Las Vegas, NV, pediatrician. She will review your child's medical and developmental history and address your concerns with genuine interest and compassion. As necessary, Dr. Majid and Dr. Hirata refer their patients to medical, speech/hearing and learning specialists to pinpoint the exact nature of your child's struggles and differences. Please don't wait; call today for a personal consultation: (702) 796-1820.


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