Research Priorities for Learning Difficulties

Research Priorities for Learning Difficulties is a project to identify the top 10 research priorities for learning difficulties amongst children and young people.

Across Scotland we’re asking people who have learning difficulties, their families and the professionals working alongside them, to complete our survey telling us what they would want researchers to find out about learning difficulties.

If you’re affected by learning difficulties, the questions you want researchers to explore might relate to causes, diagnosis, the day-to-day effects, ways of supporting children and young people or something completely different – it’s up to you.


What do we mean by learning difficulties?

By ‘learning difficulties’ we mean a problem of understanding or an emotional difficulty that affects a person’s ability to learn, get along with others and follow convention.

On a day-to-day basis, that can be many things – struggling with reading, writing or numeracy, not being able to concentrate for long periods, losing track of time, forgetting what has just been learned or acting impulsively.

If diagnosed, a learning difficulty may be associated with many conditions such as dyslexia or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) etc.


Who can take part in the survey?

Please complete the survey to tell us your research priorities if you are:

You do not need to have a diagnosis of a learning difficulty to take part in the survey.
The top 10 research priorities will inform future research work into learning difficulties including the work of The Salvesen Mindroom Centre.

For more information about this project please download the information sheet below.


Complete the survey online, download a form below or for a paper copy of the form, contact:

Dr. Ai Keow Lim
Tel: 0131 536 8898
Dr Ai Keow Lim
The Salvesen Mindroom Centre
c/o Child Life & Health
University of Edinburgh
20 Sylvan Place
Edinburgh EH9 1UW


Survey closes: 31 July 2017

Key document downloads

Survey and Information Sheet

Children & Young People’s Survey and Information Sheet



The Salvesen Mindroom Centre, formerly known as Mindroom, is a Scottish charity that combines research, education and outreach support for families living with learning difficulties. The centre works in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh on research into learning difficulties.