Learning disability or learning difficulty?

A learning disability is different from a learning difficulty as a learning difficulty does not affect general intellect.

Learning disability

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.

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Learning difficulties in children

A learning difficulty usually presents in childhood and can cause a person to experience problems in a traditional classroom setting.

Similarly to learning disability, a person can often have more than one specific learning difficulty (dyspraxia and dyslexia are often found together for example).

Other conditions may also be experienced alongside each other.

It is possible for a person to have both a learning disability and a learning difficulty.

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