The role of Speech and Laguage Therapy in supporting young people with a learning disability and behaviours that challenge

It is estimated that up to 80% of people with Learning Disabilities also have communication difficulties, such as a reduced ability to understand information and/or express needs, ideas or emotions.

Receptive and expressive communication difficulties and environmental factors may increase the risk of behaviours that challenge.

A lack of effective communication may lead to frustration, social withdrawal, anger and aggression expressed towards themselves or others.

Behaviours that challenge may be reduced by using proactive strategies such as developing an individual’s communication skills.

Approximately 60% of people with Learning Disabilities have the ability to use symbolic communication methods such as pictures, signs or symbols. Many non-verbal individuals demonstrate a desire to communicate; expecting a response from a carer.


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