As part of our commitment to increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of anyone supporting children and young people with learning difficulties, we deliver a range of training resources and events.

New resource for professionals
We have produced five films based on our successful publication, ‘It takes all kinds of minds’. Each film focuses on one young person with a specific learning difficulty and shows their strengths, the challenges that can arise and practical support that makes a difference.

The films are supported by training notes and relate to neurodevelopmental conditions that can give rise to learning difficulties.

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Tourette syndrome

Workshop participants will have ample opportunity to learn about each condition, to reflect on their own knowledge and practice and to take away some straightforward practical tips.

Workshops for professionals

The following workshops and training sessions are suitable for professionals who want to learn more about supporting children and young people with learning difficulties and their families.

  • Getting to Know GIRFEC
  • Rights, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Building effective relationships: a guide for families and professionals

We have a scale of charges for professional training. Please call 0131 370 6731 or email for more information and to discuss your training requirements.

Information and skill sessions for parents and carers

Using our experience of helping parents and carers secure the right support for children, we have developed workshops to increase knowledge and confidence. We provide key information about:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Supporting children’s wellbeing
  • Managing relationships with professionals

These sessions, which can be tailored to specific groups, can be provided free (or for travel costs only) but a charge may apply. Call 0131 370 6731 or email to discuss your requirements.

Awareness-raising session

We offer awareness-raising information sessions to parent and carer groups and to professional organisations. These sessions give insight to the services we provide for families of children and young people with learning difficulties, including case studies of families we have supported. Information is shared about how to access or make referrals to our service.

Bespoke training

Sometimes the questions that arise about how to support children and young people with learning difficulties can be quite specific – perhaps in relation to education, health, justice or social care. We can work with you to devise a training event to meet your needs. To discuss further, call 0131 370 6730 or email