Top Tips for Caring for Someone with Learning Disabilities

Top Tips for Caring for Someone with Learning Disabilities

These Top Tips for Caring for Someone with Learning Disabilities has been provided by Stonebridge College.

  • Be patient with them – remaining calm and collected with them will help them feel a lot more relaxed and will create a sense of openness between you and them. This’ll really help their self-confidence.
  • Focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses – everyone is unique in their own way and they all have positive qualities about them. Focus on emphasising their strengths rather than making them perceive themselves in a negative way.
  • Find them positive role models – there are lots of famous people out there with learning disabilities and that hasn’t stopped them from being successful, such as the singer Susan Boyle who has Asperger’s Syndrome. However, they don’t necessarily have to be famous. It could even be a friend or relative. This’ll make them feel inspired to work towards their goals despite their disabilities.
  • Having realistic expectations – having realistic expectations will provide them with increased self-control, meaning that they’ll have higher self-esteem. It’ll also help them develop a more positive attitude towards anything they decide to pursue in life.
  • Computer programs and devices – there are lots of advances in technology which can help people with learning disabilities. For example, these include talking word processors and voice recognition that may assist with writing.

You can help people with learning disabilities have a better quality of life. It can really help them lift their spirits and boost their self-esteem. Feelings of low self-esteem often coexist with learning disabilities and can make living and learning extremely difficult. Therefore, it’s really important to address those feelings.

The best things to do to boost their self-esteem is to avoid making judgemental comments, remain empathetic towards them and avoid comparing them to others and instead, highlight their strengths. You can help them gain independence and function simple things.

Overall, there’s nothing better than giving the right support to people with disabilities. They can be helped with different types of support, including effective communication. Being sensitive to the person’s feelings and encouraging them really helps them. Our Caring for People with Learning Disabilities course will really help you to make a huge difference to peoples’ lives.

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