learning disabilities

Common Problems in Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities


Having a child or young person with a learning disability can be both rewarding and challenging. Parents of all young people will experience a variety of challenges at different ages during the child's life; however, if your child has a learning disability this can be an added challenge for a variety of reasons including:

  • Communication difficulties.

  • Difficulties not understanding everyday or common experiences.

  • Additional health problems.

Below is a list of common dilemmas and challenges. Click on each link to see more information (there are also other helpful resources listed on each page).





Autism (ASD)

Challenging Behaviour

Challenging Behaviour Screening Questionnaire

Communication Problems

Introducing Routines

Puberty and Sexual Development

Self-Injurious Behaviour

Sensory Processing

Sleep Problems

Toileting and ASD

Waiting and Turn-Taking


The National Autistic Society provides information and support for people with Autism and their families and for professionals. They are a very active organisation and offer some really useful information about strategies and approaches for supporting people with Autism.

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities also have some useful information and further advice about a variety of common issues. 

Local Offer is a Derbyshire-specific site which allows you to search for lots of different services, including parenting support groups, in the local area.