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What is a Learning Disability?

According to the NHS a learning disability affects the way a person understands information, learns new or complex things and how to communicate with others. Learning Disabilities are usually diagnosed in young children and sometimes from birth. According to the latest figures, over 1.5 million people in the UK have some form of a learning disability and around a quarter of these people have a severe learning disability. Learning disabilities are not the same as learning difficulties or mental health issues. Each person with a learning disability is unique and has a preference how they wish to live their life’s.

Learning Disabilities Vary

Some people with learning disabilities have what is called mild learning disabilities. People who are in this class have the ability to learn new things and communicate their needs, but this can take a little longer than those who do not have a learning disability. Our ethos is to understand this and train our staff to give time, listen and communicate in a timely manner to ensure our clients are understood correctly.
People with a severe learning difficulty may need support with eating, going out, personal care and may not be able to communicate verbally. If this is the case we use pictorial communication and work closely with the person, other professionals, families and friends to ensure that our staff have the correct training and information to support the person to thrive in all areas that they require support.

Different Learning Disabilities

These are a few of the Primary Learning Disabilities. Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Language Processing Disorder, Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and Dyscalculia.
Learning Difficulties like Dyspraxia can often go with some of the Disabilities named above. Memory and Executive Functioning can also be seen in people with a Learning Disability even though they are classed as a Learning Difficulty.