Learning Difficulties is a general term that is used to describe specific kind of learning problems. Generally, people with learning difficulties can have trouble learning and using certain skills. The skills most often affected are: reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and doing math. Common learning difficulties affecting school children are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Asperger Syndrome Disorder (ASD) and Dyslexia.
ADHD: Children with ADHD then to act impulsive, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what’s expected of them but have trouble following through because they cannot sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.
Autism and ASD: Children with autism or ASD have issues with social interaction. Common characteristics displayed are problems with communication, social interaction, little or no eye contact when talking to people and difficulties in coping with changing environment.
Dyslexia: Children who are Dyslexic may face specific reading and writing difficulties. Such difficulties can be extended to Mathematics and other language skills such as Mandarin. Common traits include sequencing issues, forgetfulness, writing in mirror image and skipping words or sentences when reading.
Being diagnosed with Learning Difficulties means these conditions affects the brain’s ability to receive process, store, respond to, and communicate information. Basically children facing Learning Difficulties does not necessarily means that their IQ is low. In fact, it is quite common that such children are of average or above-average intelligence. Instead, their struggle with their schoolwork is the result of their learning difficulties couple with operating in a school system that does not cater to their learning needs.