Australia recognizes the difference between learning difficulties, and learning disabilities. Learning difficulties are diagnosed when there is no documented intellectual or physical disability. As many as 2 or 3 students in each classroom can have learning difficulties, and may struggle with spelling, reading or maths. Generally a child’s teacher or parent will suspect a learning disability in early childhood, but there may be signs in hind sight of development problems. Early identification and intervention will lead to the best possible outcomes.
Learning disabilities can be caused by both physical factors and environmental factors. Genetics play a role, as can physical and neurological factors. Environmental factors such as learned behavior and lack of opportunity and experiences also play a role in the development of learning difficulties.
All children develop at different paces so it is important that learning difficulties are formally diagnosed by a trained professional. This is done using standardized psychological tests to form an overall picture of the child’s learning development. Margaret McDonald has had over 30 years experience assessing and diagnosing children with learning disabilities. Margaret can then help you with learning strategies and ideas to make sure your child get the most out of school.
To schedule an appointment, please phone the office on 3862 8833.