How to get an assessment
A diagnosis of a learning disability is important for accessing some services in childhood but all education services are based on meeting your child’s needs regardless of their diagnosis. Children aged 7 or older with an identified Learning Disabilities should be at the ‘My Plan Plus’ stage of the Gloucestershire Graduated pathway, or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to ensure their support is co-ordinated. A diagnosis of a learning disability will help your child to access the right training, employment, housing and support when they become an adult.
A diagnosis of a Learning Disability means you can ask your GP to add your child to their Learning Disabilities register. You will then be able to request Reasonable Adjustments to make it easier when your child attends medical appointments, this could be longer appointments or appointments at the beginning or end of the day when the waiting room is quieter. Once on the Learning Disabilities Register your child, and you as a family carer, will also be eligible for the flu vaccine every year.
If your child is over 14 and on the Learning Disabilities register they will be invited for an Annual Health Check every year. Annual health checks are designed to promote the early detection and treatment of physical and mental health problems. Annual Health Checks are also an opportunity for the young person and the GP to get to know each other. When a young person becomes an adult the GP may be the main health professional supporting their care so this early contact is very important.
Mencap provides information, advice on support for people with learning disabilities and their families this includes more information on reasonable adjustments and Annual Health Checks.