A recent study by academics at UCL and Goldsmiths has revealed that nearly 2 to 3 children in every classroom are grappling with specific learning difficulties. Nearly 10% of children are victims of autism, dyslexia, and dyscalculia, reveals the study.
The reasons stem from certain complicated genetic and environmental factors and children are found to be suffering conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and specific language impairment.
Sometimes these conditions are present as a combination and this proves to be a challenge for educators. Some 33 to 45% of children with ADHD also suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Lead author Professor Brian Butterworth (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) said: "We are also finally beginning to find effective ways to help learners with one or more SLDs, and although the majority of learners can usually adapt to the one-size-fits-all approach of whole class teaching, those with SLDs will need specialised support tailored to their unique combination of disabilities."