Many people get confused when it comes to these two terms. We will try and help you to understand the difference between them in this post. Learning disability refers to someone whose IQ is lower than 70. Learning disabilities range from mild to moderate, and severe to profound. While individuals with mild learning disabilities are able to lead independent lives, those with profound disabilities usually require 24/7 support. This is where live in care service can be helpful. People with learning disabilities struggle with everyday activities such as household tasks, socialising or managing money.
What is a learning disability?
Learning disability develops before or after death. Different factors can cause it. When a mother has an accident or an illness while she is pregnant, the unborn child can develop certain genes and be born with a learning disability. Additionally, a child can be born with a learning disability if he or she does not get enough oxygen during birth. Research shows that care services support 50, 000 adults with a learning disability.
What is a learning difficulty?
Learning difficulty differs from learning disability. For example, Mencap (UK charity for people with a learning disability) classifies dyslexia as a learning difficulty because it does not affect intellect. Also, mental problems can affect anyone at any point in time and can be overcome with the right treatment. That is not true for learning disabilities.
All in all, some types of learning difficulties are dyslexia, ADHD, reading issues, writing issues, or math issues. While autism and Asperger’s syndrome, or Down’s syndrome are examples of learning disabilities.