It is not uncommon for learning disabilities to go undiagnosed during childhood and, unfortunately, this can have serious consequences for people as they grow up, preventing them from gaining access to support and services that can help fulfil their needs and ensure that they reach their full potential.
Once a diagnosis has been made, it enables those with learning disabilities and their family and friends to know exactly what is required in order to help them live independently and as fully as possible, as well as helping them gain a deeper understanding of why certain aspects of their life may be more difficult.
Learning disabilities can affect your ability to acquire new skills, communicate well with others and understand information, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to work or live independently, which is partly why many conditions do go undiagnosed.
Living with an undiagnosed disability can normalise everything and some symptoms can be very subtle, which also makes it harder to spot.
However, there are some common signs to be aware of if you’re worried about yourself or someone else.
For example, you may notice concerns with reading, writing or maths, problems with memory and information retention, coordination difficulties, a slower pace of learning, difficulty following conversation and finding it hard to understand certain concepts, such as telling the time.
If learning disabilities do go undiagnosed, adults may not be aware of what it is they actually need and this can mean they end up in a cycle of self-blame, which can lead to confidence and self-esteem issues. This can then spiral into bigger problems, such as anxiety and depression.
However, if a diagnosis is made as early on as possible, it can help people enjoy great success in their life goals and ambitions, as it means the proper avenues of support can be put in place.
If you’d like to find out how adult learning disability skills hubs could be of use to you or someone you know, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.