Learning difficulties

Learning difficulties

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What is a learning difficulty?

There are lots of different learning difficulties.  

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Examples of learning difficulties are:

  • dyslexia
  • attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • dyscalculia.
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Someone might have a learning difficulty, or more than 1 learning difficulty.

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Having a learning difficulty is different for everyone.

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If you have a learning difficulty, you might need a lot of help with it.

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Or you might not need much help with it.

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Learning difficulties and learning disability

A learning difficulty is not the same as a learning disability .

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Some people with a learning difficulty might also have a learning disability.

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How do I know if my child has a learning difficulty?

 The signs of a learning difficulty often start when you are a child.

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If someone has a learning difficulty they might find it difficult to learn in a classroom with lots of other children.

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You can contact the Learning Disability helpline for more information and support: