Learning and Development

Learning is the acquisition of new information, behaviours, or abilities after practice, observation, or other experience.  Development is the progressive series of changes that occur over the lifespan of a human being. (APA Dictionary of Psychology).

Learning and development are closely linked, in that learning is dependent on early developmental stages. Some children struggle with learning significantly more than the majority of their peers, which may be indicative of a learning difficulty.

All children are entitled to an education that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and provides them with an opportunity to reach their potential, allowing them to achieve their best, become confident individuals and make a successful transition to adulthood (SEND Code of Practice 2014: 6.1).

If you think your child has a learning difficulty you can talk to any health or education professionals working with your child. They will help you unpick your child’s behaviours, and their cause, and be able to advise you on the appropriate level of support your child requires.