There are many learning disability products available. NRS Healthcare are experts in providing daily living aids, which are products designed to help people live independently and make everyday tasks easier. Here, we list a range of daily living aids that may help both children and adults with learning disability, at home, school or when living independently.
• Toys, sensory stimulation and relaxation aids:
o Fiddle toy
o Aroma Dough
o Nature Sound Pyramid
o Tactile Sensory Bag
o Body Massage Bag
o Undo-Me Mini Cube
• Classroom posture aids:
o Floor Sitter
o Corner Seat Table
o Back2Go Support
o Posture Cushion
• Eating and drinking aids:
o Children’s non-spill Cups
o Children’s Plate
• Staying in touch aids:
o Simple Mobile Phone
o Memory Button Phone
• Emergency contacting devices for independent living:
o GPS locator
o Auto dialling alarm
• Products for profound and multiple learning disabilities:
o Posture rolls
o Showering and toileting chair
o Mobile Hoist
This is only a very short list of products, and there are thousands of aids available to help with aspects of daily life, personal care, mobility, and so on. If you are unsure what learning disability aids for daily living are available to help you or your child, NRS Healthcare has a team of Occupational Therapist product advisors who can advise you. Contact them on 0345 121 8111 or email [email protected]
Diet for learning disability
People with a learning disability sometimes need support to eat healthily and to maintain a healthy weight. They may find it difficult to understand why eating healthy food is important, or find it harder to restrict snacks and treats.
Some conditions of which learning disability is a symptom, may lead to increased risk of becoming obese. Being overweight may lead to further health problems down the line.
Some people with a learning disability may not eat enough, or may be underweight, which is also an issue.
Adults with a learning disability who live independently may need support with shopping, cooking, preparing food and drinks, and so on.
If you are concerned about the weight of someone with learning disability, speak to their GP for advice.
For information on what a balanced diet is, visit the NHS website.
The NHS also provides information on teaching your child good eating skills.
Exercise for learning disability
Regular exercise is important for everybody and people with learning disability may need some help to become more active or develop an exercise regime.
Anything that gets the body moving and the heart pumping counts as exercise. People with learning disability are often able to participate in lots of different exercise e.g. dance, team sports, yoga, swimming, etc. This easy read leaflet gives advice on how to get active with a learning disability.
Learning disability and employment
Many people with learning disability are able to work and make a valuable contribution to their workplace and society but the amount of people that are actually in employment is small. Some people report it is hard to find work, and to get the right support to find work. There is a lack of understanding generally from employers about what learning disability is, and the abilities of someone with a learning disability.
Mencap provides lots of information and support in finding work for people with learning disabilities. Their Employ Me service helps find work for people with learning disability, as well as helping them gain experience and learn how to cope with interviews and applications. They also provide a Good for Business brochure which outlines the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.