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What are specific learning difficulties (literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and difficulties with maths)?

Some people have a particular difficulty in acquiring literacy skills (the ability to read, write and spell) so they can find it very difficult to read, write and spell accurately and fluently at the level expected for their age. Some people have difficulty acquiring mathematical…

What happens when additional support is needed?

What happens when additional support is needed? Services available in Camden that support children with additional needs in schools and disabilities and in the community. If your child needs additional help to make progress in school, your child’s teachers will make an individualised plan for…

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder which makes children hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. Common symptoms of ADHD include: A short attention span or being easily distracted Restlessness, constant fidgeting or over-activity Being impulsive All children can behave in this way at times, particularly…

What is autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person relates to and communicates with other people, as well as how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that although all people with autism have certain difficulties…

What is being deaf or hard of hearing?

Hearing loss, being hard of hearing or deaf means a partial or total inability to hear. General signs of hearing loss can include:- Lack of response to noises for young children Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say Asking people to repeat…

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth. Causes of cerebral palsy include: An infection caught by the mother…

What is down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs by chance. It typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with down syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth, and are likely to have:- Reduced muscle tone…

What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, or DCD) is a developmental disorder which affects physical coordination. People with dyspraxia have poor fine and/or gross motor skills, compared to their general level of intelligence. This can be seen in tasks such as:- Handwriting and drawing…

What is global developmental delay?

Global developmental delay is the general term used to describe the condition in which children are significantly delayed in all areas of development. Babies and children usually develop certain skills and abilities in a fairly predictable order and at fairly predictable ages. Whilst all children…

What is visual impairment?

Many people have some type of visual problem at some point in their lives. Some can no longer see objects far away. Others have problems reading small print. These types of conditions are often easily treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. But when one or…
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