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Learning Disability Service

The Children’s Learning Disability Team are a team of professionals who are based in the community. We provide a service for children and young people who have a learning disability. The Children’s Learning Disability Team work alongside other professionals to provide additional skills and support.
Here are some examples of how we could help:
We aim to help reduce barriers and support the child or young person to pursue a fulfilling life.

Which children and young people do we work with?

We work with children and young people from birth to their 18th birthday. The child is likely to have a diagnosis of a learning disability, ie. ‘an enduring developmental delay that has a significant impact on the daily life of the child and the family.’
The learning disability may also affect the child’s physical and sensory development, emotional well-being, communication skills and health needs.
We will work with children and young people whose normal behaviour challenges service delivery and causes significant strain to their families, and those who have an autistic spectrum condition and learning disabilities, but not those with a higher level autistic spectrum condition who my be of average or above average intelligence.

How to refer to the Children’s Learning Disability Team

Our service can be accessed by a professional working with a family. This could include GP, school nurse, health visitor, care manager, teacher or anybody else working with the child.
Here is the information we will need to consider a referral:
Please download the Referral Form and post it/email it to Referral co-ordinator/email address, specifying referral to Children’s Learning Disability Team.
Please include confirmation that parents/carers have given consent for the referral to this service.
Referrals to the Children’s Learning Disability Team can be sent to:
1st floor The Embankment
Torbay Hospital
Torbay Directory - Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Disabilities, Local Offer opens in a new window
Information about services in Torbay for children / young people with SEND and their families

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