Specific Learning Difficulties

Specific learning difficulties is an overarching term for a number of associated learning difficulties which may manifest across all age ranges and with variable severity or significance.

According to the Code of Practice 2014

"Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning.  This encompasses a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia."

Children and young people with specific learning difficulties may experience particular difficulties in learning to read, write, spell or manipulate numbers to the extent that their performance in these areas is below their performance in other areas, despite appropriate learning opportunities and additional education provision.

They may also experience problems with the speed of processing information, with working memory, organisational skills, phonological awareness and co-ordination.  Those affected by specific learning difficulties often underachieve within the education system unless they receive appropriate support, enabling them to minimise their weaknesses and utilise their strengths.

Both the severity of the impairment and the effectiveness of compensatory strategies vary widely.

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