Children & Young Persons – Learning Disabilities
Enhanced Care’s Learning Disabilities Services are in County Durham, in the North-East of England. We aim to provide the highest level of expertise. Consequently, supporting and improving life chances for young people and children with a Learning Disability.
A learning disability is not the same as a learning difficulty
(eg dyslexia) or a mental illness (eg depression or an emotional behavioural disorder). Moreover a learning disability is a lifelong condition which affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school. It affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate.
Around 1.5m people in the UK are learning disabled. This means they can have difficulty:
- understanding new or complex information
- learning new skills
- coping independently
A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe. Consequently, 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 (Profound and multiple learning disability).
Some children with learning disabilities grow up to be independent and need occasional support, while others need help with everyday tasks, such as washing or getting dressed, for their whole lives. Accordingly it depends on their abilities.
Children and young people with a learning disability are often diagnosed as having special educational needs.
Some conditions are associated with having a learning disability. This is because people with these conditions are more likely to have one. Everyone with Down’s syndrome, for example, has some kind of learning disability, and so do many people with cerebral palsy. People with autism may also have learning disabilities, and around 30% of people with epilepsy have a learning disability.
Above all we understand how important a positive environment and a homely atmosphere is for young people. Our Learning Disability homes are in County Durham and the North East. Here each young person has a comfortable, adapted bedroom with en-suite to personalise and make their own.
Accordingly, each home will have homely, sensory aware, social and living spaces adapted to meet the young people’s needs. These spaces will be fully accessible. They include a fully adapted kitchen, spacious lounge, multipurpose activity room, sensory room, dining room and laundry area. With a large accessible, enclosed safe garden with a mixture of patio and grassed areas to support the development of leisure, relaxation and social activities.
At Enhanced Care we believe through receiving the right support at the right time, all young people have the ability to learn and achieve. Many of our young people have a history of placement breakdowns and difficulties at school. As a result many of our young people need us to provide additional support at school or college with help to get back into education or alternative education provision.
In addition to educational support, we work with each young person and their family to establish a learning plan that includes personal skills, life skills, problem solving skills and social skills.
We always look forward to celebrating our young people’s achievements with them.
Enhanced Care’s Learning Disability Services use a number of person-centred approaches and methodologies.
These include structured timetables with communication strategies, positive behaviour plans, adapted learning and living spaces. To help reduce anxieties and promote independence, stimulating environments and proactive strategies help the young people develop skills and furthermore change and manage their own behaviour. An active lifestyle that the young person enjoys can reduce stress and decrease some of the stereotypical and repetitive behaviours associated with LD.
In addition to our residential learning disability services in County Durham we aim to work effectively with our young people and their families to provide positive meaningful outreach work.