memory & concentration
Learning difficulties can be the source of a lot of frustration and tension for children and their parents.
Even with a learning difficulty, children can have good intellectual functioning with an average or higher IQ score, as they developed strategies on their own to cope with a learning difficulty. They may benefit from alternative learning methods as they don’t learn in the same way or as quickly as their peers.
Learning difficulties are evaluated from mild to severe. An individual assessed with a learning difficulty may find the diagnosis difficult to cope with, as might that person’s family. When learning issues have been present for some time, the person assessed may find the diagnosis to be a relief, especially when the diagnosis occurs later in life.
It can be difficult to differentiate between a child struggling with the normal learning process and a child struggling to the point of having a learning difficulty.
When these issues become prominent or continuous, it can be an indication of a learning difficulty:
- Not being able to concentrate for long periods of time.
- Trouble remembering things, short and long term.
- Sequencing problems – remembering the correct order of a story.
- Difficulties reading and/or writing.
- Difficulties with social interaction, levels of appropriateness, sensitivity.
- Tripping over things, excessive clumsiness.
- For some specific learning difficulties, we will also refer you to a speech therapist.