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These descriptors have been taken from the SpLD Working Group (2005 & 2018) DfES guidelines.
Students with specific learning difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, dyscalculia or a combination of these, can have difficulty acquiring fluent reading and writing skills, accurate spelling and/or mastering the manipulation of numbers. They may also experience problems with working memory, organisation, coordination, maintaining their concentration and with oral and auditory skills.
It should be noted that specific learning difficulties can present differently depending on the educational task. For example, a student’s difficulties could be more noticeable when working under pressure of time in examinations, working to a coursework deadline or when organising and prioritising their workload. Students with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) can benefit from additional support to achieve success and reach their full potential.
In general, recommended support is suitable for all especially where there are shared overlapping strengths and weakness for SpLDs.
For further information, see the resources section of ADSHE (the professional association of specialists in specific learning difficulties in Higher Education).