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What is a Learning Difference?

A learning difference is an umbrella term for a wide variety of learning difficulties and is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. People with learning differences aren’t lazy or dumb. In fact, most are just as intelligent as everyone else. Their brains are simply wired differently and their difference affects how they receive and process information.

Simply put, children and adults with learning disabilities see, hear, and understand things differently. Tishis can lead to trouble with learning new information and skills, and putting them to use. The most common types of learning disabilities involve problems with reading, writing, maths, reasoning, listening, and speaking.

We know that it can be tough facing the possibility that someone you love has a learning difficulty. You may wonder what it could mean for your child’s future, or worry about how your child/ren will make it through school. Perhaps you’re concerned that by having your child assessed and 'labelled', it may draw attention to your child’s learning problems in a negative way. Either way- your child is struggling, and being proactive and facing it head on is the best way to find somewhere where you can feel supported and not judged. Knowledge is power. It is important to remember that most kids with learning difficulties just need to be taught in ways that are tailored to them.

By learning more about your child's learning challenges, you can help pave the way for their success at school and beyond. 

What are the most common literacy and numeracy differences?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.


Dyscalculia is a term referring to a wide range of life-long learning disabilities involving maths.

It includes all types of maths problems ranging from an inability to understand the meaning of numbers, to an inability to apply mathematical principles to solve problems (DSF website).


 Click on the Nessy Learning Tab to learn about the wonderful strengths of Dyslexia!