Priority 1 from the Learning Difficulties (Scotland) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What knowledge, skills and training do educational professionals need to identify the early signs of learning difficulties and provide optimal support for children and young people affected to help them achieve the best possible outcomes? (JLA PSP Priority 1)
Overall ranking 1
JLA question ID 0070/1
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

BM. Sutton, AA. Webster, MF. Westerveld (2018). A systematic review of school-based interventions targeting social communication behaviors for students with autism. Autism. doi: 10.1177/1362361317753564 

A. Booth, A. Scantlebury, A. Hughes-Morley, N. Mitchell, K. Wright, W. Scott, C. McDaid. (2017). Mental health training programmes for non-mental health trained professionals coming into contact with people with mental ill health: A systematic review of effectiveness. BMC Psychiatry.

Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples What are the personal and professional characteristics of teachers who have a proven track record of successfully educating children with additional support needs?  What are the implications for pre-service training and professional development?  ~  What is the most practical and effective way to train classroom teachers about supporting pupils with ADHD and identifying pupils with possible ADHD?  ~  What can be done to ensure that special needs kids will be educated the way they learn?  ~  Often in the educational setting, teachers need to have practical suggestions as to how to proceed with the learning environment of particular children.  Could research identify the best way of dealing with each set of difficulty.
Submitted by Professionals x 12  ~  parents/carers x 20  ~  Adults who experienced learning difficulties as a child x 3  ~  child/young person x 1
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0070
PSP name Learning Difficulties (Scotland)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 40  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 11 June 2018