Individuals with learning difficulties can successfully parent.
- Llewellyn, Traustadttir, McConnell, & Sigujonsdottir, 2010
Parents with learning difficulties include individuals with a wide variety of strengths and abilities, as well as a variety of disabilities and learning challenges in areas such as memory, attention, planning and organization, language and literacy. Each of these parents lives within a unique environment which presents a unique set of challenges and supports. Presence of learning difficulties alone is a poor predictor of the competence of an individual parent or the outcomes for parents and children (Llewellyn & McConnell, 2002; Reinders, 2008). Research demonstrates that individuals with learning difficulties can successfully learn positive parenting practices and care for their children when provided adequate support and parent education (Feldman, 2010; Llewellyn, Mayes, & McConnell, 2008).
While the number of parents with learning difficulties is difficult to estimate, recent international evidence indicates a rise of 40% or greater in the number of individuals with learning difficulties becoming parents and the number of children born in their families (Feldman, 2010; Pixa-Kettner, 2008). Most home visitors, health workers and early intervention personnel are likely to encounter parents with learning difficulties in their work with families.