Learning Disability

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People with a learning disability find it much harder to learn new skills. This includes skills like:

Reading and writing
Speaking and communicating
Self-care like dressing
Independence skills like shopping or cooking

There are a few reasons why someone might have a learning disability.

Sometimes it is passed down from the parents’ genes

Sometimes there has been a problem in the pregnancy or birth which causes the learning disability

Sometimes children have had an accident or serious illness which causes a learning disability

There are about 300000 children aged 0-17 in the United Kingdom with a learning disability.

It helps if the adults around you understand about learning disabilities and how your learning disability affects you. It helps to get the right support at school and home so you can learn and enjoy life.

Young people with a learning disability can come to CAMHS for help if…

They are feeling very sad, and the sad feeling does not go away
They are feeling very worried a lot of the time
They are having problems with behaviour or sleep

Your carers can help by finding out about learning disabilities, and how to support a child with learning disabilities.

They can find out about support and activities in Manchester for young people with learning disabilities.

You are a unique person with your own strengths. It helps if you and everyone who supports you sees your strengths.

What does learning disability really mean?