All children are special, but some just might need a bit of extra help. Here's what the experts say. See if any of this relates to you and can help you further understand.
What is it?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms.
Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.
The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems.
People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.
WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?
Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. It's caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth.
What is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is a lifelong condition that makes it hard for children to do maths related task and causes severe difficulities in learning about numbers and arithmetic.
Asperger’s disorder is no longer diagnosed. The term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now includes children who were previously described as having Asperger’s.
Children previously diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder have an IQ in the normal range and good language skills.
These children have poor social communication skills, special interests, and repetitive behaviour.
We need language skills to communicate. And you need to communicate to learn. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. The better your communication skills, the better you will do in understanding and learning new things.
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.
Intelligence is not affected, instead it is a "specific learning difficulty".
As the autism community knows well, many individuals with autism have difficulty processing and integrating sensory information. These sensitivities can create great barriers to participating in daily life for those with autism and their families.