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Tips for Children with Learning Disabilities 25 Jun 2013 17:02 #218

14 Mental Health Tips for Children with Learning Disabilities
Posted June 18, 2013 by Emma Sterland

A Mental health illness affects up to 40% of people with learning disabilities, compared to 25% of people in the general population. Social issues, such as lack of friends or fewer opportunities in life, can often be a contributing factor. While, for others it may be living with a long-term medical condition such as epilepsy or diabetes.

Identifying mental health problems in someone with special needs, can be challenging, but the key is noticing any changes in your child’s usual pattern of behavior. It’s important to know what is usual for your child, and to be aware of any significant changes, such as:

- self-harming behaviors
- withdrawal from usual activities & interests
- repetitive or unusual behaviors
- disturbed sleep patterns
- increased anxiety
- weight changes
- less concern with personal hygiene
- increased physical or verbal aggression
- restlessness or fidgeting
- frequent tummy aches or headaches


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