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  • 6 Key Points
  • ? The biographies of many famous people demonstrate that learning difficulties need not be a bar to achieving one’s goals.
  • ? The first step for an adult with persisting difficulties in learning is to try to accept that he has such difficulties, so that he can take appropriate steps to overcome them.
  • ? There are many aids to help people with learning difficulties overcome, or bypass, their weaknesses.
  • ? There are no hard and fast rules about which careers are appropriate, or inappropriate, for people with specific learning difficulties.


I was happy as a child with my toys in the nursery. I have been happier every year since I became a man. But this interlude of school makes a sombre, grey patch upon the chart of my journey.

My Early Life, Sir Winston Churchill

All children with specific learning difficulties improve as they grow. In some, the difficulties resolve completely, while others continue to have some degree of difficulty in the specific areas of learning affected. We still have no way of determining which children will continue to experience difficulty and which will not. Nor do we have reliable figures on the relative proportions of those where the difficulties resolve completely and those where they persist.

This chapter provides information and advice for adults with persisting specific learning difficulties.

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