Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Specific learning difficulties

The child with specific learning difficulties can be hard to spot. Often, intelligent and articulate it is their own sense of frustration that is frequently the first clue.  

'Specific learning difficulties’ (SpLD) is an umbrella term to cover a number of problems: dyslexia (reading and writing), dyscalculia (maths), dyspraxia (co-ordination), dysgraphia (writing).

Some children with specific learning difficulties may exhibit behavioural difficulties, though frequently these diminish when the child receives appropriate help and support with a subsequent growth in confidence and self-esteem.


Dyslexic - Is That My Child?
Reading, writing, spelling difficulties - could the problems your child is facing be indicative of dyslexia? Dyslexia is a common difficulty, but that does not make it less of a...

Dysgraphia - Difficulty With Writing
Does your child have spider writing with letters of all shapes and sizes, appearing above and below the line, some joined-up, some printed with a random mixture of CApitAl and loWer-caSE...

Dyscalculia - When Maths Doesn't Add-Up
  Love it or loathe it, you just can't get away from the fact that maths matters, yet many people have a ‘difficulty’ with maths – hated it at school, couldn’t...

Dyspraxia Introduction
Is your child's room a nightmare? Are you always buying band-aid? Do you have trouble deciphering what they have written? Dyspraxic children may be more likely to fall or trip...

Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD)
  Does your child have difficulty making consistent speech sounds or producing words, yet have good receptive language skills? Is so, they have Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia...

Neuro-diversity: Thinking Differently
Many of the greatest thinkers and creators of our time were neuro-diverse: Albert Einstein, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Winston Churchill and Jamie Oliver to name just a few! Neuro-diverse...

Dyslexia  - What Helps? What Hinders?
  Sometime ago I organised a day conference for dyslexic pupils from a neighbouring comprehensive school. At the end of the day, the pupils got together in groups and listed what...

Problems Associated With Dyspraxia
  On first glance, children with dyspraxia may not seem different from other children around them, until they are asked, perhaps, to do a co-ordination task at speed. Passing...

Helping The Dyspraxic Child
'When I was seven I declared, to my teacher, that I wasn't going to paint anymore and I didn't. When other children took to their easel I took to my history project.' But, other...


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