Monday, 25th October 2021

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

Specific Learning Difficulties is the term which is often used to describe a range of difficulties which can create barriers to successful learning, both academic and social.  It is the term which is used to indicate inconsistency in a child’s ability to learn.  The child may find some types of learning and tasks easier than others and in many ways Specific Learning Differences would be a more accurate term.

The term Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) is used to cover a wide range of difficulties and a child with SpLDs is very likely to have core characteristics of another disorder e.g. Dyslexia and motor difficulties.  This is often referred to as co-morbidity i.e. the co-occurring or overlap of other developmental disorders such as;

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Dyspraxia
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Disorder of Attention, Motor and Planning (DAMP)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Asperger Syndrome (AS)

The Overlap of Developmental Disorders

Overlap of Developmnent Disorders

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