Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)


Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) is an umbrella term for learning difficulties. It is used to refer to three common overlapping conditions: dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder and attention deficit disorder.

Overlapping disorders are ones that have some symptoms in common, while 'co-existing' or 'co-morbidity' is the term used when the child has more than one condition.


“Many, if not most, children with a developmental problem qualify for more than one diagnostic label.”
— Dr Amanda Kirby & Professor Bonnie J Kaplan

Dyslexia and Overlapping Conditions %

Dr Alex Richardson & Dr Angela Fawcett