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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS IN MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS Plotting overlapping needs for pupils with SEND

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Cognition and learning
This area includes general learning difficulties (which may be moderate or severe), profound
and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and specific learning difficulties (SpLD).
PMLD is when a person has a severe learning disability and other disabilities that significantly
affect their ability to communicate and be independent. Someone with PMLD may have
difficulties seeing, hearing, speaking and moving. They may have complex health
and social care needs due to these or other conditions. SpLDs include: dyslexia (difficulties with
reading and spelling), dyscalculia (difficulties with number and calculation), and dyspraxia
(or ‘developmental coordination disorder’ difficulties with motor planning). People with
one or more SpLDs have a ‘spiky profile’ of attainment, with areas of strength (sometimes
very high) and areas of need

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