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Labels behind the behaviours

This page is a reference to the key Learning Disabilities and Difficulties covered by the site. But this site is not about labels. It focuses on the typical behaviours of people with LDDs and strategies that can be used to assist them.

LDD What is it?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behaviour disorder that will cause difficulties such as:

  • extreme distraction
  • overactiveness
  • impulsiveness
  • ...

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person 

  • communicates with people
  • relates to other people.
  • ...

Dyscalculia is a condition that makes it hard for someone to learn arithmetic. Somebody with dysclaculia may not be able to even understand very basic maths problems that will seem intuitive to...


A person with dyslexia will find it hard to read accurately and fluently. This means that they will be very slow when you give them something read. However, they will not have a problem...

Dyspraxia (Co-ordination Disorder)

Dyspraxia is also called the Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. A person with dyspraxia will find it hard to coordinate their movements and handle small objects. They may also have poor spatial...

Hidden Disabilities

Hidden Disabilities is a joint label for disabilities and difficulties that are not immediately obvious. You cannot tell just by looking at someone whether they are dyslexic or not. In fact, you...

Learning Disability
Learning Disability is a lifelong condition that means people need help to:
  • Understand new information
  • Learn new skills 
  • Cope independently.