More than words – communicating with people with learning disabilities

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Most people like a chat! Whether it’s discussing the latest plotlines on Eastenders or seeking advice about life changing decisions, talking is how we get what we need – ultimately, how we connect with one another.

But what if talking doesn’t come that easily? What if you lack confidence because of a speech impediment? Or you only know how to say certain words or phrases? Or perhaps you can’t speak or sign at all? How do you create meaningful relationships with those around you if nobody understands what you’re really saying?

Sometimes talking isn’t enough when you’re communicating with people with learning disabilities – sometimes you need ‘More than words’.

This one day course aims to expand your thinking around what is meant by ‘communication’ and will introduce you to some practical communication skills that you can use in the workplace.

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The course will cover:

Communication difficulties for people with learning disabilities

There are some communication issues that people with learning disabilities are more likely to face – things like repetitive speech, or echolalia. We’ll explore these and others, and suggest some strategies that might help.

Different types of communication

It’s more than talking! We’ll look at all the ways we communicate, and introduce you to some specific communication methods, such as intensive interaction, sensory stories and multi-modal communication.

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Making information ‘accessible’

Just inserting a picture or 2 doesn’t necessarily make a document easy to read! You’ll see some good practice examples of Easyread and think about what you can do differently in your workplace to make sure your documentation is understood..

Practical communication skills

You’ll get the chance to practice everything you’ve learnt with some of our learning disabled trainers – they’ll be joining us for a group work session!

Communicating effectively with the people you support is probably the most important part of what you do – and it often involves ‘More than Words’. So, if you want to make sure that you’re getting your message across, and helping people with a learning disability to express themselves, why not book your place now


Here’s what some previous delegates thought:

‘The training structure and group work made it easier to understand’

‘I will now ensure that all communication is adapted to each individual’

‘The course and the trainer were brilliant!’


Monday 7th December 2015 (9.30am – 4.00pm), H10 London Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8RQ
Cost: £135 per place (20% discount if booked before 1st November 2015 – just £108) – Lunch included

Refreshments are included in the price.

Group discounts, and concession prices for parent carers and people in receipt of benefits are available. Please get in touch for details.

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So, if you want to feel more confident communicating with people with learning disabilities

why not book your place now?
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If you’re currently completing your QCF in Health & Social Care, this course will also provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge for the following units:


  • LD 201 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • HSC 026 Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
  • HSC3029 Support individuals with specific communication needs
  • SHC21 Introduction to communication in health, social care or children and young people’s setting
  • SHC 31 Promote communication in health, social care or children and young people’s setting
  • HSC3029 Support individuals with specific communication needs