Learning Disabilities

AISR warmly welcomes students with learning disabilities and committed to promote equality of opportunity.


The Academy seeks to maximise students learning experience by complying with The Special Educational Needs and Disability (NI) Order 2005 (SENDO), which extends protection from disability discrimination to people being educated.


The Academy’s aim is to develop students’ individual strengths and encourage them to achieve their full potential in a safe and supportive environment, therefore offer additional support to students in the following forms:

  • One-to-one tuition for specific learning difficulties 

  • Diagnostic tests for specific learning difficulties

  • Access to braille versions of text

  • Sign language interpreters

Access to these support services might take the form of advice about how to access assistance and services in your geographic location.


Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty, it causes problems with reading, writing and spelling. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn't affected. Some of the signs of dyslexia appear when a child starts school and begins to focus more on learning how to read and write. There are many effective teaching strategies and tools that can help dyslexic children. In fact, many people with dyslexia have successful careers in business, science and the arts. Common signs of dyslexia include:

  • read and write very slowly

  • confuse the order of letters in words

  • have poor or inconsistent spelling

  • understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that's written down

  • find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions

  • struggle with planning, time management and organisation

However, people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.

Down’s syndrome:

Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. In the majority of cases, Down’s syndrome is not an inherited condition. All children with Down's syndrome have some degree of learning disability and delayed development, but this varies widely between individual children. Visual learning and reading is usually a relative strength compared to oral language. There is a risk of auditory and visual impairments, language delay and number can be an area of difficulty.



Asperger syndrome is a lifelong developmental disability. People with Asperger syndrome perceive the world differently to other people, they may have mental health issues and in need of different levels and types of support. They may also have difficulties with understanding and processing language, however, they do not have the learning disabilities that many autistic people have. People with Asperger syndrome are of average or above average intelligence.


Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a learning disability, but it can affect learning. ADHD is a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to pay attention, sit still and follow directions. Some studies suggest that nearly half of children who have ADHD also have a learning disability.


Children with dyspraxia may have difficulties with reading and spelling as their limited concentration, poor listening skills and literal use of language can effect such abilities. They might read well, but not understand some of the concepts in the language and could be reluctant to read aloud due to lack of self-confidence or articulation difficulties.


Autism is a lifelong condition, which could be mild, moderate or severe autism. It is sometimes referred to as a spectrum, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is not a learning disability, but around half of people with autism may also have a learning disability. Autism might affect the way someone interacts with others in a social situation and is able to communicate with others.

Social Communication Disorders:

Children with social communication difficulties have problems understanding what other people mean, think or feel.  Body language is part of communication, such as facial expression eye contact, and tone of voice. Children with these difficulties may not know how and when to give eye contact and find it hard to understand the messages we give to each other without speaking, for instance the meaning we put into our voice, the expressions on our faces and gestures such as pointing and waving. They might not know how and when to give eye contact

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