Today I had a 4 hour SpLD assessment (specific learning difficulties).
The term ‘Specific Learning Difficulty’ (SpLD) is a term that refers to a difference or difficulty with particular aspects of learning. The most common SpLDs are dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. An individual may have one of these independently or they can co-exist as part of a wider profile.
Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) exist on a continuum from mild to moderate through to severe. There are common patterns of behaviour and ability, but there will be a range of different patterns of effects for each individual.
Everyone has a cognitive profile. A simple way to define these cognitive skills is to describe them as the underlying brain skills that make it possible for us to think, remember and learn. These are the skills that allows us to process the huge influx of information we receive each and every day at work, at school and in life. We all have relative strengths and weaknesses in our cognitive profiles but overall most of our skills will fall in the normal range.
Where a person has difficulty with the majority of these skills which is reflected in his/her learning and day-to-day living skills he/she is deemed to have a severe learning disability.
However, when an individual has difficulties or weaknesses in just one or two areas in contrast to average or good cognitive skills this is called a Specific Learning Difficulty.
During the assessment, I had to carry out a range of physical and mental tasks. Examples of these include spelling, reading comprehension, matching pictures, creating 2D shapes from 3D pictures, answering questionnaires about early childhood, etc. These can be draining but are short tasks and move on quite quickly. I was allowed to stand up and move around when I wanted also which was good to break it up a little bit.
A full report will be sent to me in 10 days but the main issues flagged were attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination that causes a person to perform less well than expected in daily activities for his or her age, and appear to move clumsily.
Dyscalculia is usually perceived as a specific learning difficulty for mathematics, or, more appropriately, arithmetic.
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