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Supporting adults with learning disabilities

Learn how to identify learning disabilities in adults and how to support them.

Supporting adults with learning disabilities

Learn how to identify learning disabilities in adults and how to support them.

Learning disabilities are common among children but on occasion, these disabilities may go undiagnosed until adulthood.

Many adults with learning disabilities may not even recognise that they have such conditions, mistakenly attributing their learning difficulties to a lack of intelligence. This can lead to low self-esteem and even cause depression and anxiety.

Common learning disabilities include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • ADHD
  • Processing deficit

In Australia, it’s estimated that 1 in every 10 people may have learning disabilities, with 8 out of 10 of these individuals having dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Learning disabilities are common among children but on occasion, these disabilities may go undiagnosed until adulthood.

Many adults with learning disabilities may not even recognise that they have such conditions, mistakenly attributing their learning difficulties to a lack of intelligence. This can lead to low self-esteem and even cause depression and anxiety.

Common learning disabilities include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • ADHD
  • Processing deficit

In Australia, it’s estimated that 1 in every 10 people may have learning disabilities, with 8 out of 10 of these individuals having dyslexia and dysgraphia.

How to recognise a possible learning disability

Adults with learning disabilities may display the following characteristics:

  • Poor memory
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulties when doing math, reading, and writing
  • Trouble with sequencing
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes

For an accurate diagnosis, it’s best to consult a psychologist.

How to recognise a possible learning disability

Adults with learning disabilities may display the following characteristics:

  • Poor memory
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulties when doing math, reading, and writing
  • Trouble with sequencing
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes

For an accurate diagnosis, it’s best to consult a psychologist.

How do learning difficulties affect quality of life?

Many adults suffering from learning disabilities may be misunderstood by their peers and even their families. 

Learning disabilities can also make it challenging to communicate with people, take part in social activities, and accomplish particular tasks without assistance.

Depending on the type of learning disability they have, however, these individuals can still find ways to live and work independently. With proper disability support and care, their quality of life can be enhanced dramatically.

Many adults suffering from learning disabilities may be misunderstood by their peers and even their families. 

Learning disabilities can also make it challenging to communicate with people, take part in social activities, and accomplish particular tasks without assistance.

Depending on the type of learning disability they have, however, these individuals can still find ways to live and work independently. With proper disability support and care, their quality of life can be enhanced dramatically.

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    Shine SC—let us support you

    At Shine SC, we make it our mission to help individuals with disabilities access the help they need to live independently in a safe and supportive environment.

    We offer disability support services such as peer and individual support and Saturday programmes to help individuals with learning disabilities feel empowered, confident, and build their knowledge and skills.

    We also offer:

    Supported independent living facilities

    Holidays and camps

    Short-term accommodation

    NDIS support coordination

    What our clients say about us.

    I like the Saturday program because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I like the activities that we get to do.

    Kristian L

    I like it when you go on the group. It gives me something to do , I like meeting people and I like the activities.

     

    Calen

    I love the Saturday group and I love being with everyone.

     

    Keely

    Great instructor, great technique and teaching style, I feel so good after my surfing session like my mind is clear and I can do this.

    Kris

    What our clients say about us.

    I like the Saturday program because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I like the activities that we get to do.

    Kristian L

    I like it when you go on the group. It gives me something to do , I like meeting people and I like the activities.

     

    Calen

    I love the Saturday group and I love being with everyone.

     

    Keely

    Great instructor, great technique and teaching style, I feel so good after my surfing session like my mind is clear and I can do this.

    Kris

    FAQs

    How early can learning disabilities be detected?

    The earliest signs of learning disabilities may be detected during a child’s first two years of school. This may, however, vary from person to person.

    Can learning disabilities be cured?

    Learning disabilities can’t be cured, but with the proper support, individuals struggling with learning disabilities may be able to learn new skills and lead normal lives.

    Does NIDS give coverage for dyslexia?

    NIDS won’t cover dyslexia but other learning disabilities that may happen alongside dyslexia, like global development delay, may qualify.

    Get in touch with us for disability support and information on learning disabilities.


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