If your child struggles to get good grades in school or they aren’t developing as quickly as their peers, turn to the experienced pediatricians at Manchester Pediatric Associates. They can diagnose developmental and learning disabilities in babies, children, and teens. To schedule an evaluation for your child at their offices in South Windsor, or Tolland, Connecticut, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.

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What are learning disabilities?

Learning disabilities are often the result of neurological or genetic problems in children’s brains. They alter brain functioning and can interfere with learning, organization, time management, memory, and more. Learning problems can also affect relationships with loved ones. Developmental disabilities might include physical, cognitive, or emotional abnormalities in kids.

What are signs and symptoms of learning disabilities?

Oftentimes, kids with learning disabilities have average or above-average intelligence. They may look and act like their peers who don’t have learning disabilities but simply need extra help in school to achieve good grades.

What are different types of learning disabilities?

Common types of learning disabilities include:


Dyscalculia is a learning disability that affects kids’ abilities to comprehend numbers and math facts.


Dysgraphia is a type of learning disability that affects your child’s fine motor skills and ability to write neatly.


Dyslexia is a learning problem that affects your child’s ability to read and process language as efficiently as many of their peers.

Non-verbal learning disabilities

If your child has difficulty interpreting facial expressions, body language, or other nonverbal cues, they may have non-verbal learning disabilities, as well as poor coordination.

Oral/written language disorders

Oral/written language disorders affect children’s ability to understand spoken language and things they read. Kids with this disorder might have problems expressing themselves using language.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a common childhood disorder in which children have problems paying attention, staying focused, and sitting still.


Dyspraxia can cause problems with coordination, movement, speech, and language in children.

Executive functioning issues

If your child struggles with executive functioning, they may have difficulty with organization, time management, planning, strategizing, and paying attention to details.

How does my provider diagnose learning disabilities?

Manchester Pediatric Associates specialists diagnose your child’s learning disability using a variety of methods. They discuss behavior, performance at school, and lifestyle habits. Your child’s provider may ask a series of questions or complete learning assessments to make a probable diagnosis and develop an effective treatment.

What are common solutions for learning disabilities?

The Manchester Pediatric Associates team personalizes learning disability treatments to match your child’s needs. They may recommend:

  • Medications
  • Therapy
  • Assistance at school or work
  • Behavioral change counseling
  • Specialist referrals

While learning disabilities aren’t necessarily curable, your child can thrive in their environment with appropriate support and intervention. They can achieve success at work, school, in relationships with other people, and in their community.

If you suspect your child has developmental or learning disabilities, call the Manchester Pediatric Associates office nearest you to schedule an evaluation or request one online today.