Learning Difficulties (Scotland)

Learning difficulties Scotland

Research Priorities for Learning Difficulties is a project to identify the top 10 research priorities for learning difficulties amongst children and young people.  Across Scotland we’re asking people who have learning difficulties, their families and the professionals working alongside them, to tell us what they would want researchers to find out about learning difficulties.

If you’re affected by learning difficulties, the questions you want researchers to explore might relate to causes, diagnosis, the day-to-day effects, ways of supporting children and young people or something completely different – it’s up to you.

What do we mean by learning difficulties?

By ‘learning difficulties’ we mean a problem of understanding or an emotional difficulty that affects a person's ability to learn, get along with others and follow convention. On a day-to-day basis, that can be many things - struggling with reading, writing or numeracy, not being able to concentrate for long periods, losing track of time, forgetting what has just been learned or acting impulsively. 

A learning difficulty may be associated with many conditions such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) etc., and the person affected may, or may not have a diagnosis.

The top 10 research priorities will inform future research work into learning difficulties, including the work of The Salvesen Mindroom Centre.

The Salvesen Mindroom Centre, formerly known as Mindroom, is a Scottish charity that combines research, education and outreach support for families living with learning difficulties. The centre works in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh on research into learning difficulties.

First Survey

The first survey closed on the 30 September 2017. 828 research questions were submitted as part of a first survey conducted last summer. Following analysis, these have been summarised into 40 questions.

Phase 2 Shortlisting Survey

We now need children and young people with learning difficulties, their parents and carers and professionals working alongside them to select their top 10 research priorities from the shortlist of 40.

For more information please download the information sheet below.

Complete the shortlisting survey online, download a form below or for a paper copy of the form, contact:

Dr. Ai Keow Lim
Tel: 0131 536 8898
Email: LD_Research@ed.ac.uk
Dr Ai Keow Lim
Child Life & Health
University of Edinburgh
20 Sylvan Place
Edinburgh EH9 1UW

Shortlisting survey closes 18 May 2018

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