A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.
People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.
The level of support someone needs depends on the individual. For example, someone with a mild learning disability may only need support with things like getting a job. However, someone with a severe or profound learning disability may need full time care and support with every aspect of their life – they may also have physical disabilities.
People with certain specific conditions may also have a learning disability. For example, people with Down’s syndrome and some people with autism have a learning disability.
A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe. Some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves, but take a bit longer than usual to learn new skills. Others may not be able to communicate at all and have more than one disability.
Evolve offers a stand-alone assessment, assessing the child, young person or adult’s overall cognitive ability, including verbal and visual processing, working memory and processing speed. If we undertake a formal assessment for a learning disability, we also undertake an assessment of adaptive functioning, which looks at the individuals skills across a range of areas. This includes, Communication, Daily Living Skills, and Socialisation. These assessments will be undertaken by a Clinical Psychologist.