In this course we have decided to use the term ‘specific learning difficulties’. This is a broad term and we have deliberately gone for this as it incorporates literacy, movement and numeracy as well as issues with attention. These areas are reflected in different sections in the course. We hope you will obtain some fresh insights and be able to embrace the ideas and strategies within the modules of this course. We have always indicated that communication is the key to successful assessment and intervention and we hope that this course paves a way for us to communicate with you to assist in the development of ideas and strategies that you can utilize in your professional work.