What is it?
A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school. Difficulties could include finding it hard to learn new information, learning new skills and doing things independently. A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe.
Often, children and young people with a learning disability find it hard to express themselves and need extra support to help them to communicate their needs. Some individuals with a severe learning disability may not be able to communicate at all, need help dressing, feeding and going to the toilet.
What might help?
- Having a good daily routine: Knowing what is happening each day and in which order can be helpful, including using picture timetables.
- Using a behaviour diary: Recording behaviours, including what happened before, during and afterwards as a way of helping you as a family understand triggers.
- Using praise and rewards: This can really help to reinforce positive behaviours.
- Keeping things simple: Break tasks down into small, step by step instructions
- Seek professional help: If things are becoming really difficult, it may be worth talking with your GP about different options for further support, possibly with the Learning Disability Team.
Useful Clips and Stories:
- Read people’s stories about their experience of having a learning disability or supporting someone with a learning disability.
- NHS information regarding learning disabilities
- Mencap charity offer information and support
- Information on keeping healthy