What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a limitation of intellectual and sometimes social processing caused by a developmental or genetic or traumatic issue, including illness. It can be rooted in genetic, developmental or medical causes or can be produced by trauma. 2% of the population have a lifelong learning disability.
A learning disability would include conditions like autism, down syndrome, Fragile X etc. There are many syndromes and conditions. The most common is what is called global delay, which simply means the brain has not fully developed.
A learning disability can overlap but is not the same as a learning difficulty, which can include conditions including, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Around 15-20% of the population have a learning difficulty, depending upon different definitions.
Why are so many young people experiencing mental health and emotional needs?
The answers to that are very complex and include changes in society and family life and structures as well as increasing peer and social pressures, including digital communications, cyber-bullying etc. What we do know is that the incidence in the UK is worryingly high and leads to self-harm, depression, suicide and drop out.
Can I refer myself or my child directly to the charity?
Yes you can. Please contact us and we will answer your immediate questions and explain the options to you. Where we believe we can help we will arrange an initial assessment, normally in your home or place of residence.
Is the service free?
In most cases we make a small charge towards the overall costs, typically 20% or less of the full cost of providing that service. However, please discuss your specific situation with us: we will always do our best to help.