Priority 7 from the Learning Difficulties Scotland PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How can we best identify early features, symptoms and signs of learning difficulties amongst children, young people and their families/carers? (JLA PSP Priority 7)
Overall ranking 7
JLA question ID 0070/7
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

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L. Zwaigenbaum, ML. Bauman, D. Fein, et al. (2015). Early Screening of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Recommendations for Practice and Research. Pediatrics, 136(suppl 1): S41-59. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3667D

Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Identifying underlying causes - genetic etc - I think this is often overlooked and feel strongly that families should be offered investigations - not to change/fix child but to help families come to terms and/or plan for future. ~ Current research suggests that children with autism can be diagnosed as early as infants based on how specific social interactions and eye gaze/attention.  Is there any research like this being conducted on families with a history of learning disabilities? ~ Can genetic conditions known to cause learning difficulties be identified in babies?
Submitted by Professionals x 33  ~  parents/carers x 26  ~  Adults who experienced learning difficulties as a child x 3  ~  child/young person x 0
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