What are learning difficulties?

At the Salvesen Mindroom Centre, we describe a 'learning difficulty' as a problem of understanding or an emotional difficulty that affects a person's ability to learn, get along with others and follow convention.

On a day-to-day basis, that can be many things – not being able to concentrate for long periods, getting bored easily, acting impulsively, tripping over things, trying to make sense of what we read or write, living in our own world, losing track of time, forgetting what we have just learnt, being single-minded or extraordinarily talented...

But these are things we perhaps all experience from time to time. It's when these characteristics become prominent that they turn into learning difficulties.

Today, at least five children in every school class have some form of learning difficulty. These difficulties rarely appear in isolation and frequently co-exist or overlap with other conditions. And they don't go away, so children with learning difficulties tend to grow up to be adults with learning difficulties.

For parents, that can be a frightening prospect – especially as many people confuse learning difficulties with learning disabilities. What to do? Where to go? Who to listen to? Who not to listen to? What rights do you have? How best to guide your son or daughter through life?

At the Salvesen Mindroom Centre, we help you find the answers.

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