A learning disability is an umbrella term covering different conditions that affects a young person’s ability to learn. It can be a standalone diagnosis, however it is often part of a diagnosis with a genetic and/or neurological basis. It is a significant lifelong condition, categorised as mild, moderate or severe.
With a learning disability, it is likely that the acquisition of new knowledge and skills will require additional time and support, compared to a young person of the same chronological age.
The level of support that a young person will need in school, will be tapered to their individual needs.