Invisible and Vulnerable: Learning-disabled Parents and their Children

Although parents with learning difficulties are usually perfectly able to bring up their children the experiences they can offer are more limited and this can impact on their social, emotional and learning development. Linda Gough suggests the ways schools can help.
boy on skateboard with disabled parent in background

Parents with learning difficulties/disabilities

There is a very limited amount of research on the life experiences of parents who have learning difficulties and even less on the lives of their children. Researchers Tim Booth and Wendy Booth wrote “Growing up with parents who have learning difficulties” (2 ) using the “life story” approach in 1998 and were active in supporting parents with learning difficulties, but there has been very little else and virtually nothing about the educational experience of the children of parents with learning difficulties.

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