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The legal definition of ‘learning difficulty’ applies to a large variety of situations. The law says that a child with a learning difficulty has:

(a)  significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of other children of the same age;


(b)  a disability which makes access to education difficult unless help is provided.

Children below school age may also have a learning difficulty if they are likely to need assistance for the reasons outlined in (a) or (b) when they do go to school.

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