How can Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy help with a Learning Disability?

In the UK and Ireland, a person who has a learning disability is a person whose measured intelligence is below average. Learning disability is divided into varying degrees of disability – mild, moderate, severe and profound. For many children it can be due to genetic or chromosomal abnormalities (i.e. Down Syndrome).

Learning disability shows itself in the child’s problems in development. The child will be slow to reach each milestone such as sitting and crawling, and will have a global disability in learning. This means that their motor, sensory and cognitive abilities are all affected. In some cases, the child will have both a physical and a learning disability.

How can SPOT help?

Our experience as Paediatric therapists has shown us that children with Learning Disability will reach their milestones at a slower rate than typical children. However at Spot Therapy we provide children with opportunities to practice the skills to develop as much independence as possible. Repetition through fun activities and a slower pace promotes the development which may be a challenge to the child with Learning Disability. Our main aim is that all children should have a functional means of comm. With adults and peers and we capitilise on each child’s strengths to identify the best system to create this.

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