EU Specific Learning Disabilities (Sp.L.D.) Policy and Roadmap and Sp.L.D. Teacher and Adult Learner Training is a 3 year Erasmus Plus Key Action 2 – Cross Sectoral Strategic Partnerships project which has developed an open (FREE) resource. The resouce includes the world's first 'one-stop-shop' for all things Specific Learning Disabilities (SpLD). The Sp.L.D. Toolkit provides 3 Levels of Training Courses:
Level 1 – Adults/Parents & School Teaching Assistant/Support Worker/Volunteer
Level 2 – Schools & Tertiary Teacher Training
Level 3 - Specialist Teacher Modules
What are Specific Learning Disabilities/Difficulties (SpLD)?
Persons identified as having Sp.L.D. all show different intellectual and emotional profiles, strengths and weaknesses, learning styles and life experiences. Within this context, Sp.L.D. can be identified as distinctive patterns of difficulties, relating to the processing of information, within a continuum from very mild to severe, which may result in restrictions in literacy, language, number, motor function, short term memory and organisational skills.
Practice and research shows that specific learning disabilities/difficulties will often co-exist to varying degrees. These form what can be seen as the Sp.L.D. umbrella:
- Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia
- Attention-Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD)
- High-functioning ASD
- Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
- Associated Emotional & Social Difficulties (ESD)
Persons with Sp.L.D. have average or above average cognitive abilities (i.e. 90 or above measured IQ). In addition, as a result of unidentified Sp.L.D. there may be associated emotional and social difficulties, including behavioural issues.
Between 13.88 million children in primary education and 21.79 million children in secondary education will have Sp.L.D. a total of 35.67 million. Of course, this will exclude all persons with Sp.L.D. who have exited full-time education pre-2015 or who have Sp.L.D. in pre-primary or Tertiary Education. Moreover, this also excludes all the EU-28 adult population who have Sp.L.D.
The information is all available on the website www.euspld.com.