Learning Difficulties

"Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don't tell you where a student could end up."

- Carol Dweck


School Learning difficulties in children

Most of us had days at school where our brain just flat-out refused to cooperate. Remember the frustration of not being able to understand a certain concept, or struggling to stay focused in class, or daydreaming while the teacher recited Shakespeare (which might as well have been written in a foreign language)?


Now imagine if this was your experience of school learning all day, every day. Academic problems can severely affect a child’s mental health and quality of life. Sadly, many children with these issues fly under the radar and never receive adequate support.


Mainstream schooling does not suit every child. There are many solutions available to assist kids who don’t quite fit the mould. If your child is struggling at school, contact one of our experts today.


Signs and symptoms of school learning problems:

  • Difficulty with reading, spelling, maths and/or writing
  • Unable to focus in class
  • Excessive daydreaming
  • Classroom disruptiveness
  • School aversion or refusal to do work
  • Negative self-talk (eg. "I am dumb")

What causes learning difficulties?

Academic performance is influenced by a range of individual and environmental factors. Some of the more obvious contributors to successful school learning are intelligence, memory, attention, motivation, emotional state, quality of teachers, school resources, study habits, diet, parenting style and other stressors. Problems in any of these areas may result in underachievement.


Identifying the cause(s) of your child's difficulties is key to successful intervention. Without this information, efforts to support your child may be ineffective.


Educational assessments

Psychologists are often best-placed to evaluate school learning problems. Having your child's cognitive and academic abilities checked will allow you to pinpoint any underlying issues and better understand what is going on for your child. 

Clinical testing is an important first step towards supporting your child's education. A psychological report will provide guidance on the strategies and interventions you should focus on at home, as well as other relevant resources and services available to you.

If you would like to book in an educational assessment and give your child the best chance at success, call us today.

Which disorders affect learning?

There are a number of psychological conditions known to affect academic outcomes. Click on the links below to learn more: 


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)→

Dyslexia (reading and spelling) →

Dysgraphia (writing) →

Dyscalculia (maths) →

Intellectual disability →

Anxiety and mood disorders →

Childhood trauma →

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