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Specific Learning Difficulties in South Africa: From theory to assessment series


Presented by: Adri Vorster

Many children may experience learning difficulties at some point. These or often temporary and can be overcome with support and encouragement from parents and the school. Sadly, not everyone is so fortunate. The impact of (often hidden) Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) may be throughout an individual’s life – academically, in the workplace, relationships, and daily life. Professionals who have a thorough understanding of SLD, its manifestation, assessment, and implication for classroom performance are in a much better position to provide support and recommend interventions that can lead to achieving success in the classroom and in life.


JVR Academy offers a specialised programme on SLD consisting of SEVEN modules that can be done as a complete programme or as separate selected modules, depending on your specific needs and expertise.


“It was an excellent training by a very knowledgeable and experienced presenter. I found the theoretical bases supplemented by an experienced practician very useful. Thank you very much.”

- (Psychologist, Eastern Cape Department of Education, November 2020).


The programme was designed for professionals working in learner support contexts, including psychologists, learner support specialists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and hearing therapists. The aim of the programme is to equip professionals with practical knowledge and skills to increase their confidence in supporting their clients with specific learning difficulties, and to create a multidisciplinary forum where professionals can share knowledge and expertise.



  • Understanding the criteria for SLD
  • Applying the lens of the Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of Cognitive Abilities
  • Understanding and measuring fluid and crystallised reasoning skills
  • Understanding and measuring visual and auditory processing skills
  • Understanding and measuring working memory and processing speed and their relationship to classroom performance
  • Exploring the relevance of the WISC-V and the WIAT-III in assessing children with SLD
  • Understanding SLD in adults, its comorbidity with adult ADHD/ADD, and the impact it can have on work, work satisfaction and further studies



Adri Vorster has been registered as an Educational Psychologist for over 15-years. She is currently a full-time lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, Department of Psychology, where her teaching and research primarily focus on psycho-educational assessments and children with specific learning difficulties. She has a special interest in the assessment of children's cognitive functioning, specifically as it pertains to Specific Learning Disorder. Her part-time private practice involves the assessment of children who present with scholastic difficulties and school readiness assessments.



Who should attend?

Professionals working in learner support contexts

DISCLAIMER: Presenters and attendees of all CPD activities must please note that the attainment of continuing education units (CEUs) does not licence any professional to practice outside their official scope of practice. CEUs are intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals but do not constitute professional training. Professionals should be registered with the HPCSA to perform any psychological act.