The 5th Annual Adult Conference, funded by Learning and Teaching Scotland and supported by Dyslexia Scotland, aims to clarify the strengths and weaknesses of people with a variety of specific learning differences (SpLD) so that they can be supported appropriately. These differences include dyspraxia, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders.
Problem areas for someone with SpLD may include organisation, planning, concentration, time management, working memory and information processing. Auditory and visual processing difficulties frequently accompany SpLD.
However, in adults SpLD are often undiagnosed and may go undetected in learning and workplace settings. Features of such conditions may be dismissed as behavioural problems, lack of effort or lack of interest.
SpLD frequently co-occur and vary in character and degree to such an extent that it is difficult to offer precise descriptions of individual conditions. However, certain problem areas are present across a number of SpLD. An awareness of these can help both tutor and learner make adjustments to learning style, learning environment or presentation that can help to make learning more successful and rewarding.
The conference committee has selected speakers who have the knowledge, expertise and credibility to pass on to tutors, learners and family members to provide a clearer understanding of specific learning differences. We hope you find the Conference enjoyable and informative.