Learning difficulties – is a term used to describe a neurological difficulty with processing certain types of information.
- Learning difficulties need to be formally diagnosed by a psychologist or paediatrician
- Some of the most frequently occurring conditions are: Dyspraxia, Dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder (“ADHD” / “ADD”, respectively)
- Some learning difficulties are seen in isolation and others alongside each other
- Dyspraxia: is described as a motor learning difficulty which can impact gross and fine motor skills as well as coordination. Messages from the brain are not relayed to the body effectively
- Dyslexia: is described as a reading disorder which affects reading accurately and fluently. It may also affect mathematics, writing, spelling and comprehension. It is a lifelong condition, but there are compensatory strategies to facilitate learning and function
- ADHD / ADD is a chronic condition used to describe difficulties with attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity