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  • What is neurodiversity?
    Neurodiversity is the idea that every person has a unique set of abilities and needs; that each individual interacts with, interprets and experiences the world in different ways. For example, a person with dyslexia may understand and see things completely differently to others. These variations in the way their brain works may have its challenges, but it can also have its strengths.
  • What is a learning disorder?
    A learning disorder is when a child has a specific issue with reading, writing or maths. Learning disorders are typically referred to as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia and require formal diagnosis, usually by a psychologist.
  • What are learning difficulties?
    Many children experience difficulties with their learning and this can occur for a number of reasons; it's important to remember that not all children with learning difficulties, have a learning disorder. For example, many children can struggle with working memory. Working memory involves the ability to hold information in your head and use that information to complete a task, such as solve a maths problem or follow instructions. Learning difficulties can impact on a child's ability to access the curriculum and they often require modifications to their learning.
  • How are learning disorders/difficulties identified?
    Identifying learning difficulties usually begins in the classroom, signs that a child may have a learning difficulty include: a lack of progress despite intervention; difficulties following instructions or remembering information; difficulties learning letters and sounds; poor reading, writing or spelling; difficulty maintaining attention. A cognitive assessment may help to determine if a child is experiencing learning difficulties. Identifying and diagnosing learning disorders can be more complex and usually involves a cognitive assessment, educational assessment and interviews with parents and teachers.
  • Where to go from here?
    As a parent or teacher, if you suspect one of your children has a learning difficulty or disorder, please contact us and we can help you discuss your options and determine the most appropriate course of action.
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