Learning Disability is a huge spectrum of disorders, and the disability presents itself differently and to different severities in each individual. Learning Disabilities do not stop anyone living an enjoyable life, although some support and adaptions may be needed. Below is some very basic information on just some of the learning disabilities that the clients we support have.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Autism is not an illness, it is a very vast spectrum and effects everyone differently.
Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. It’s caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth. Once again the effects of cerebral palsy differ hugely from person to person.
Down’s syndrome is a genetic disorder associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate developmental and intellectual disability. It is caused by having an extra chromosome.
Prader Willi Syndrome
Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes a wide range of physical symptoms, learning difficulties and behavioral problems. It’s usually noticed shortly after birth. A common symptom of the syndrome is excessive appetite and the inability to feel ‘full’, this can cause extreme weight gain.
A speech impediment is a condition that impacts an individual’s ability to speak fluently or with clear resonance or tone. Individuals with speech disorders have problems creating understandable sounds or forming words, leading to communication difficulties. Speech impediments can vary in severity and include stuttering, lisps, make involuntary noises and muteness.