Severe learning difficulties – SLD

Children with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) are likely to find it difficult to understand, learn and remember new skills. As a result they will have problems with both the acquisition  of skills and their application to new situations. Additional problems with a number of social tasks, such as communication, self-care and awareness of health and safety, may mean they require supported living. At Loddon School we aim to help them on their journey by providing them with quality care and a high quality educational provision.

Problems experienced by children with Severe Learning Difficulties

Children with severe learning difficulties have acute global development delay, such that intellectual or cognitive impairment, coupled with possible sensory, physical, emotional and social difficulties, will make it difficult for the child to follow the curriculum without substantial help and support.

Difficulties may be further compounded by poor co-ordination, and communication and additional special needs. The use of symbols, PECs, or signing such as Makaton, may aid communication.

The Loddon School®  – A proud history of helping those with Severe Learning Difficulties.

The Loddon School®  was established by Marion Cornick in 1988 as a charitable trust to provide a much needed school in the South of England for children who can no longer live at home because of their exceptional support needs.  The Loddon School®  is both home and school for 28 children who have the most severe and complex learning difficulties. Many children also have additional problems associated with autism and epilepsy, including self-injury, aggression and disruptive behaviour.

The children live at the school 52 weeks a year so The Loddon School®  is a home which provides education, leisure, play, outings and holidays. All children live in small family groups with their own staff who are responsible for their care and support programme and their social development. So as a parent you can feel at peace knowing that you have a school specialising in severe learning difficulties and with vast depth and experience in providing excellent care 52 weeks a year!

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