Unit LD201: Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
Understand the nature and characteristics of learning disability
Explain what is meant by ‘learning disability’?
Give 3 examples of causes of learning disability
What is the cause of learning disability for some of the people you support?
What is the approx proportion of individuals with learning disability for whom the cause is ‘not known’? LD201
Understand the historical context of learning disability
Services and attitudes towards people with learning disabilities are influenced by the model of care. Describe key features of the medical and social models of care LD201
Services and support for people with learning disabilities have changed significantly over time. For each of the following areas, describe 2 different types of services that have been provided, highlighting the model of care influencing them and the key changes between your examples. LD201
Where people live
Sexual relationships and parenthood
Provision of healthcare
Use some of your examples above to explain how past ways of working may affect present services LD201
Understand the basic principles and practice of advocacy, empowerment and active participation in relation to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families. Explain the meaning of ‘social inclusion’
What is ‘advocacy’?
Describe different types of advocacy to illustrate your answer LD201
Describe 3 ways to build empowerment and active participation into your everyday support for service users.
Understand how views and attitudes impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their family and carers.
Prejudice, labelling and stereotyping are all part of society’s views and attitudes towards those with learning disabilities.
Explain how attitudes are changing in relation to people with learning disabilities.
Give examples of both the positive and negative aspects of being labelled as having a learning disability.
Having a person with a learning disability in the family may have an impact on everyone. Describe the possible impact on 2 different members of a family
What can be done to promote positive attitudes towards people with learning disabilities? In your answer consider the role of support staff, external agencies, the media and others in changing attitudes, policy and practice. LD201
Know how to promote communication with individuals with learning disabilities
Good communication skills are very important in providing effective support for people with learning disabilities.
It’s important that you’re able to adapt your communication style to suit the needs of the people you’re supporting. Give examples of how you might adapt different aspects of communication to support individual needs.
Explain why it’s important to use language that is both ‘age appropriate’ and ‘ability appropriate’ when communicating with individuals with learning disabilities. LD201
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