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Behaviour that may arise because of a specific learning difficulty

Many children with a specific learning difficulty adjust well to their disability. Others may have one of a number of emotional difficulties. Whether a child experiences emotional or social difficulties depends on not only his temperament but also the nature of his disability.

Children who have difficulties in academic areas and are also clumsy are more likely to suffer than children who have difficulty in only one sphere of their lives. The environment in which the child finds himself also has an important part to play in determining how he will cope with his difficulties. Although parents play an important role in this regard, children experience many stresses that lie beyond their parents’ control. Other children, teachers, relatives, and society in general, play an important part in determining how a child sees himself and how he copes. In addition, the help available to a child, both in school and out, often varies greatly from one place to another.

There follow some common behaviours seen in children with specific learning difficulties as they attempt to cope with their disability. The advice on managing these behaviours is intended as a general guide, and should be read in conjunction with the advice in the section on building up your child’s selfesteem (Chapter 4).

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