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What kinds of problems fall into the definition of “learning difficulty”?

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There is no limitation on the list of learning difficulties and each child should be looked at as an individual. Learning difficulties can be short-term or long-term. Some children may have a combination of different learning difficulties.

The Education Authority as well as local schools record the following categories of learning difficulties:

  •  Moderate learning difficulty, severe learning difficulty or dyslexia (specific learning difficulty)
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Physical or medical difficulties (including syndromes)
  • Pre-school children with developmental difficulties
  • Sensory impairment (hearing/vision)
  • Speech and Language difficulties
  • Complex interaction of needs
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