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An all embracing term for all learning problems? A synonym for Special Educational Needs (SEN)

 

What is/are SpLD?Interestingly the National Strategy at  (http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/84379)does not seem to have a clear definition.

 

The open University (http://www.open.ac.uk/inclusiveteaching/pages/understanding-and-awareness/what-are-specific-learning-difficulties.php) has a more embracing description: “The umbrella term specific learning difficulties (SpLD) is used to cover a wide variety of difficulties. Many people use it synonymously with dyslexia (a difficulty with words), but it is now generally accepted that dyslexia is only one of a group of difficulties that may include: dysgraphia: (writing difficulty); dyspraxia: (motor difficulties);dyscalculia: (a difficulty performing mathematical calculations); Attention deficit disorder, or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADD or ADHD): (concentration difficulties with heightened activity levels and impulsiveness) and Asperger’s syndrome and autism: (emotional behaviour or even social communication difficulties).

 

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_disability) seems to use the terms Disability; Difficulty and Difficulties interactively.

 

The University of East Anglia (http://www.uea.ac.uk/services/students/disability/disability_SPLD) agrees this is an umbrella term for the most well known syndromes (listed with the OU definition)

 

We could go on searching and obtaining differing definitions but that does not seem very profitable since none seem to include children who need help for all sorts of reasons none of which have a persistent medical cause.  We will have to carry on researching for resources which are needed to help any child who is falling behind his/her natural ability. Meanwhile specific links to other pages on this site are:   

Dyscalculia
Dyscalculia
Dyscalculia
Links to Dyslexia resources
Dyslexia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia links