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Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

What is it and how it works?

Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the acquisition and use of academic skills. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in learning and using academic skills, despite having average to above-average intelligence and receiving adequate instruction.

Three common types of SLD are: 


One common type of SLD is dyslexia, which primarily affects reading. Individuals with dyslexia may have difficulty recognizing and decoding words, which can impact their reading fluency and comprehension. It’s important to note that dyslexia is not related to intelligence, and many individuals with dyslexia have strengths in other areas, such as problem-solving or creative thinking.


Another type of SLD is dyscalculia, which involves difficulties with mathematical concepts and operations. Individuals with dyscalculia may struggle with tasks like understanding mathematical symbols, memorizing math facts, and solving mathematical problems.


Dysgraphia is another SLD that affects writing skills. People with dysgraphia may have challenges with handwriting, spelling, and organizing their thoughts on paper. Despite these difficulties, individuals with dysgraphia may have normal or above-average intelligence.

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Our comprehensive assessment process involves:



  • Developmental Background / Developmental history is obtained. This involves the completion of an online form that we provide a link for. This information provided on this form guides the assessment.
  • A review of recent or relevant school reports, including, NAPLAN and Individual Plans (if applicable), work samples etc. Our assessors will look through these to decide upon the best assessment structure and timing.

On the assessment day or days

  • A Full Cognitive assessment identifying the client’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
  • Reading, written expression and mathematics achievement assessment.
  • Sustained attention assessment.
  • Phonological processing assessment.

Post Assessment

  • A comprehensive report available 3-4 weeks after the assessment with recommendations for support at school and for any referring specialist.
  • The report will also detail any applicable accommodations and recommendations for timed assessments (NAPLAN, OLNA, ATAR, University examinations).
  • An online telehealth feedback session is also included, which allows results and recommendations to be explained.

How can we help you?

We recognize the individuality of each young person and their unique needs. Our approach to care is centred around the individual, emphasizing respect, meticulous attention, and professional expertise. We customize our services to align perfectly with your specific circumstances and requirements.

Operating Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm Sat: 8am - 2pm


1070 Hay Street, West Perth, 6005

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