Priority 11 from the Learning Difficulties Scotland PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What are the factors contributing to the delay for children and young people with learning difficulties in referral for, and differences in, a learning difficulties assessment and diagnosis, support and interventions? (JLA PSP Priority 11)
Overall ranking 11
JLA question ID 0070/11
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

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Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Why does it take so long for a learning difficulty to be recognised or formally diagnosed?    Asked because there seems to be reluctance on the part of education to acknowledge difficulties leading to a very slow response to putting appropriate support into place to support individual pupils. ~ Why there is no consistency in any diagnosis , support or interventions. Constant battle on an already stressful situation. No regular support or time given. Resources too thinly dread for the amount of people needing help. ~  Why is there a much poorer standard of overall support once young people leave the educational/child system, e.g. social work and health care provision?
Submitted by Professionals x 8  ~  parents/carers x 11  ~  Adults who experienced learning difficulties as a child x 0  ~  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