If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment and needs a lot of additional support daily, they’re described as having “complex needs”. A child might have complex needs from birth, or after an illness or injury.

Someone with learning disabilities will sometimes have multiple conditions that co-exist, overlap and interlock to create a complex profile. These conditions can mean that they present with a range of issues and combination of needs that affect their: –

  • mental health
  • ability to form and manage relationships
  • behaviour
  • physical appearance
  • health
  • sensory input
  • communication ability
  • cognitive ability

Although everyone’s experience will be different, it can be reassuring to speak to other parents who have children with the same disability or health condition as yours. They’re likely to have been through the same emotions and processes.