Speech & Language Therapy Services for LD
Gentleman with physical disabilities
What is meant by the term Learning Disability?
People who have a Learning Disability have a significant lifelong condition that started before adulthood and that affects their development. Their learning disability means they need help to:
- understand information
- learn new skills
- cope independently
Some people who have a learning disability have a complex pattern of needs that arises from other difficulties such as a physical disability,sensory impairment, mental health or well being issues, behavioural difficulties or additional health needs.
In addition people who have a learning disability often experience difficulties with communication . They may have difficulty understanding spoken language or may have difficulty expressing themselves clearly to others.
Communication difficulties that are present in the general population can also all occur in people who have a learning disability for example stammering,voice disorders, autism spectrum disorder.
All people with a learning disability should have access to a specialist speech and language therapy service. In Fife there is a team of speech and language therapists who are based within the Community Learning Disability Teams. The speech and language therapists work alongside their team colleagues to provide a well co-ordinated multidisciplinary package of healthcare for adults with a learning disability.