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Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)


A Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that may affect an individual’s ability to receive, process and recall information. It is a difference or difficulty with particular aspects of learning. The term SpLD is used to denote a range of learning difficulties (Helen Arkell).


The most common include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia


Having an SpLD does not mean an individual can’t achieve academically. However, it may be harder and may require far greater (usually unseen) effort and a distinct set of skills.


Visit the individual pages below to read more about each area.