Learning disability and communication
There is wide variation in the degree and nature of learning
disabilities. Most people with a learning disability will have
some communication difficulties. But the way each person
communicates will differ greatly.
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People with a learning disability may not want to engage in
situations where there are too many people or where there are
people they do not know. They might find it difficult to
concentrate for long periods of time. They may require support
- follow instructions
- understand complex language
- write or use a pen
- hear what a speaker is saying
- see a PowerPoint presentation.
Some people with a learning disability may be keen to speak in public. They may use alternative forms of communication, such as a communication book or other visual aids.
Other people will be less keen to speak in front of groups of people.
You can enable a person with a learning disability to
participate more fully by:
- finding out what type of support they require
- giving them time to take in information and express
- recognising the way they express themselves and the
tools they use to do so
- keeping verbal and written information clear and
- supplying written information in advance
- making sure they are accompanied by the supporter of
their choice, if they want to be accompanied.
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