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What are paediatric learning difficulties?

There are many different types of learning difficulties. They are lifelong disabilities and can affect a child’s ability to learn new skills, understand new or complex information and communicate effectively. This can severely affect the independence of a child which will continue on into later life.

Learning difficulties can develop during pregnancy, birth or as a result of a serious illness at a young age. They can make every day activities very difficult such as dressing, eating and washing.

Proprioception and co-ordination exercises assisted by specialist paediatric physiotherapistAbove: Proprioception and co-ordination exercises assisted by specialist paediatric physiotherapist

What are the types of learning difficulties in children?

It is very difficult to classify learning difficulties. They can occur as a result of other conditions such as:

What are the symptoms of learning difficulties in children?

Symptoms of learning difficulties can include: The symptoms and severity may vary according to the condition and the individual.

Fine motor skills and co-ordination exercises supervised by a paediatric physiotherapistAbove: Fine motor skills and co-ordination exercises supervised by a paediatric physiotherapist

How can physiotherapy help children with learning difficulties?

Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at maximising the potential of the child and improving functional abilities. Treatment will mainly consist of exercises combined with manual techniques. Due to the varying nature of learning difficulties, treatment is very individually focused.

Treatment may include: Paediatric physiotherapy treatment can be carried out either at one of our clinics or in the child’s home or school depending on the child’s needs.

Our specialist physiotherapists also work closely with occupational therapists who can provide additional treatment and equipment if necessary.

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