What Is It?
A learning difficulty is any learning or emotional problem that affects a person’s ability to learn, get along with others and follow convention (social rules). This could include getting bored easily, acting impulsively, finding it difficult to concentrate for long periods and forgetting what you have just learned. We may all experience these things at times, but when these characteristics become more significant then they may turn into learning difficulties. They often overlap with other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The term learning difficulty is used in educational settings in the UK to include those who have a “specific learning difficulty” but who do not have a significant general impairment of intelligence. These include dyspraxia, dyslexia and dyscalculia.
What Might Help?
- Talk to the SENCO: Every school should have an identified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Their role is to support young people who may have difficulties accessing the curriculum. They can also refer pupils to other educational services if these are required e.g. educational psychologists, behaviour support teams.
- Communicate when you are finding things hard: Let people at school, college or work know if you are finding things difficulty and discuss what support they can offer you.
- Being organised: People with learning difficulties often struggle with organisation, so using a diary, organiser or phone that you can set alarms on and create reminders might be really helpful.
- Do things you are good at: Remember that your learning difficulty is specific and iit’s important to identify strengths to help boost self-esteem.
Useful Clips and Stories:
- Dyslexia Action is charity that provide information and support
- Information regarding dyscalculia
- Information for young people and parents on dyslexia
- Information on ADHD