Learning difficulties are conditions that impact a child’s ability to gain knowledge and skills at the same rate as his or her peers. This may be due to a cognitive disorder or mental handicap.
Having a learning difficulty does not make someone less intelligent; it simply means that they learn in a different way. Children with learning difficulties often require specific strategy training and customised lessons in order to overcome challenges and make progress in an academic setting.
Learning difficulties are particularly problematic for children who are learning how to read and write, as it can interrupt the development of key literacy skills required for students to excel in all areas of the curriculum.
Occupational therapy techniques can help children affected by learning disabilities to improve their performance at school. At Anneke de Jager Occupational Therapy, we use our specialised skills to help children who have problems with attention or concentration, difficulties writing letters and numbers, or spelling.
We treat the following learning difficulties in children:
- Scholastic difficulties
- Literacy difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)