Learning Disabilities Online Training: How to Work with Special Needs Children

Our Working with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities online training has been designed to support those who work with children and young people in this situation. The elearning course looks at definitions, laws, legislation and more to give a detailed overview into the topic. Learners will understand the different types of developmental disabilities, models of disabilities, communication, terminology and much more.

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 4-5 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 5 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

For those working with children with learning difficulties or disabilities there are a lot increased considerations that need to take place in regards to their safeguarding and care.

This course gives an overview of information and guidance needed for those who work or care for children and young people in this situation.

This wide-ranging course covers the definitions, needs and laws relating to children with learning difficulties and disabilities, including legislation, communication and partnership.

This learning disabilities training course covers the following:

  • Views on disabilities and disability awareness
  • Working with disabled children
  • Types of developmental disabilities
  • Models of disabilities
  • Barriers faced by disabled children and young people and their families
  • Integration and inclusion
  • Communication and terminology
  • Working in partnership, participation, consultation, person-centred planning
  • Safeguarding in relation to disabled children and young people
  • Recent research
  • Legislation relating to disability issues

The course includes a range of scenarios to enable to learner to reflect on own practice and engage in their learning; it also includes knowledge check challenges throughout.

This Working with Children with Disabilities online course has been designed for those who work with children in any setting.

How can I improve my safeguarding knowledge?

We offer a wide range of accredited online safeguarding courses which include the latest legislation and guidance. 

The training we offer includes:

You will learn

  • Identify different models of disability as well as defined conditions and attitudes towards disability
  • Identify barriers experienced by children, young people and their families: what does equality, diversity and inclusion mean for them?
  • Working together with parents or carers and other professionals
  • How to safeguard children with disabilities
  • Understand significant legislation relating to disability issues

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Pastoral care
  • Nursery Staff
  • Daycare workers
  • Childcare workers
  • Social workers
  • Volunteers

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

    To begin searching for your online training you can click on the course category section on our website and browse through all of our training categories.

    Alternatively if you already know the title of the training you’re looking for you can use the search bar located in the centre of the homepage and go directly to the course you want.

  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.