What are Specific Learning Difficulties?

According to the British Dyslexia Association, Specific Learning Difficulties (or SpLDs), affect the way information is learned and processed. They are neurological (rather than psychological), usually run in families and occur independently of intelligence. They can have significant impact on education and learning and on the acquisition of literacy skills.

Types of SpLDs

SpLD is an umbrella term for a range of Learning Difficulties that are specific, rather than general in nature. The diagram below highlights the different types of SpLDs:

A visual representation of Specific Learning Difficulties

SpLDs include

  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • AD(H)D
  • dyscalculia.

Find out more about recognising Specific Learning Difficulties.

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