Most often, these disabilities affect the individual’s reading and language skills (including writing and speaking). They can also impair math computation skills and social skills. Some signs of learning disabilities include: difficulty understanding and/or following directions; poor memory; failure to master major milestones in scholastic development on time (i.e. reading, math, writing) usually resulting in poor performance in school, problems with reversing letters and/or numbers, lack of hand-eye-movement coordination, and other behaviors that seem out of the ordinary when considering the childs age and developmental stage (Learning Disabilities, n.d.).
Usually, learning disabilities are detected and diagnosed during childhood. At that time, people work together to help the child in need. Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 places a duty on each children’s service authority to make arrangements to promote cooperation between itself and relevant partner agencies to improve the wellbeing of children in their area. “This will help to ensure children and families have prompt access to the services (universal, targeted and specialist) they require, recognizing the range and diversity of their needs and strengths in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children; ensure other agencies to whom the duty to make arrangements to safeguard and promote welfare applies are aware of the local authority’s responsibilities including how those staff undertaking social services functions will respond to referrals regarding a child’s safety and welfare.” (HM Government, 2007, p. 37).
As these children with learning disabilities grow older, they still need support with their condition in order to function well. Kool Care, an inter-professional organization provides intensive health, social care, support and advocacy for young people aged 16-25 years with mild to moderate learning difficulties.