Among GIHE students, the most common conditions causing learning differences are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and dyscalculia. GIHE puts in place certain measures to support students with diagnosed learning differences.
What are learning differences?
“Learning and thinking differences are lifelong challenges that impact skills like reading, writing, math, and focus. They’re caused by differences in how the brain processes information.”
Source: Understood. (n.d.). What are learning and thinking differences? https://www.understood.org/articles/en/what-are-learning-thinking-differences
What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
According to the British National Health Service, “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. […] The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who were diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.”
Source: NHS. (n.d.). Overview: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/
What is dyslexia?
According to the British Dyslexia Association, “dyslexia is a learning difference which primarily affects reading and writing skills. However, it does not only affect these skills. Dyslexia is actually about information processing. Dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. Dyslexia can also impact on other areas such as organizational skills.
It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.”
Source: British Dyslexia Association. (n.d.). What is dyslexia? https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia
What is dyscalculia?
“Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures.”
Source: Department for Education and Skills. (2001, September). Guidance to support pupils with dyslexia and dyscalculia (0512/2001). http://scotens.org/sen/resources/dyslexia_leaflet_maths.pdf
What should I do if I have a learning difference?
You should contact your degree program team, campus health advisor or campus learning support. You may be eligible for specific provisions for certain assessments such as 25% extra time in timed assessments (exams, tests, quizzes).