Bringing together research on how the brain learns, this resource helps educators recognize, understand, and teach the growing numbers of children with more than one condition or disorder.

Defining Overlapping and Co-Existing Conditions

Defining overlapping and co-existing conditions

This chapter sets the scene for the rest of the book by:

  • presenting case studies of two children as illustrations of overlapping and co-existing disorders
  • explaining how the terms used to describe childhood disorders have changed over time
  • discussing the meaning of overlapping disorders and ones that co-exist
  • defining the four main groupings of developmental disorders that are the focus of this book.

What's in a Label?

It is a comparatively recent phenomenon that children with developmental disorders may be given not just one diagnosis but two or more. This has happened at a time when the number of terms being used to describe different disorders has increased. For instance, ‘specific learning difficulties’ now covers not just dyslexia, but dyspraxia, dyscalculia ...

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