Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) cover a number of conditions that are socially identifiable, they include:
Despite much of the disability rhetoric surrounding SpLDs it is important and necessary to stress that in themselves they are not a disability but rather a difference, a difference in the way the brain takes in and processes information. The disabling nature of difference comes about simply because of expectations and processes created through a perception of ‘normal’ or of catering for ‘the majority’.
So, the differences in the brains of individuals with SpLDs often lead to strengths and aptitudes in processing certain kinds of information, and these strengths if understood and harnessed can overshadow the better known challenges of SpLDs. When SpLDs are viewed from this perspective we can see that the strengths and challenges that accompany it are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, being identified/diagnosed as having a SpLD should be, and can be, a journey in which you learn about your strengths and aptitudes; as opposed to one where your anxiety is increased because of the expectation of others and the challenges certain tasks may pose.
The term neuro-diversity is increasingly being used and researched. This term helps to promote the idea that brains work in a variety of different and often individual ways; as ways of processing and representing information mix in with and combine with personality, lifestyle and circumstances. The resources included and linked to on the CLaSS Libguide have been designed with these ideas in mind: they should be accessible to everyone and allow the opportunity for you to incorporate and tailor them according your needs.