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.
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:
- Reduced understanding of information
- Reduced ability to learn new information
- Reduced ability to communicate
- Difficulty carrying out tasks
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:
- Functional activity exercises
- Postural exercise and education
- Movement techniques
- Advice and education to relatives and carers.
Our specialist physiotherapists also work closely with occupational therapists who can provide additional treatment and equipment if necessary.
To find out more about paediatric learning difficulties physiotherapy or to arrange an appointment please call physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800. Or you can also make an appointment online