Table 2

Final ranking order priority of the questions, including history of rank order from the interim survey and small groups

Question consideredInterim surveyWorkshop first groupsSecond small groupsFinal rank
Family rankProfessional rankCollated rankKC-1 rankMT-1 rankTG-1 rankCollated rankKC-2 rankMT-2 rankTG-2 rankCollated rank
What knowledge, skills and training do educational professionals need to identify the early signs of learning difficulties and provide optimal support for children and young people affected to help them achieve the best possible outcomes?213441111111
What is the best educational and community environment for children and young people with learning difficulties?322164222222
How can multiple types of professionals work together with parents and carers to improve identification, diagnosis, interventions and treatments and achieve the best outcomes for children and young people with learning difficulties?6655215334333
Which early interventions are effective for children and young people with learning difficulties, at what ages and stages are they best introduced and what are the long-term outcomes?1112318445444
What knowledge, skills and training do health, social work and ‘third sector’ (eg, charities and support services) professionals need to understand the best support to give children and young people with learning difficulties and their families/carers?1025j186118557555
How can parents, carers, brothers and sisters and extended families of children and young people with learning difficulties be best supported to achieve their best quality of life before, during and after the diagnosis or identification in home, school and community contexts?j237j1487201018313106
How can we best identify early features, symptoms and signs of learning difficulties among children, young people and their families/carers?534121376711667
What is the best way to assess learning difficulties in children and young people?9j18j11101410j8891588
Which strategies are effective in preventing stigma and bullying towards children and young people with learning difficulties?j7j23j141912318191219189
Which strategies are effective in helping children and young people with learning difficulties live independent lives?j13151321172161615101610
What are the factors contributing to the delay for children and young people with learning difficulties in referral for, and differences in, a learning difficulties assessment and diagnosis, support and interventions?j19597101679614711
How does a learning difficulty affect or interfere with a child or young person's ability and experience in learning?j1116j1131219j86816912
Which family, school and community supports are effective in preparing children, young people and their families/carers to transition through different stages of schooling/education and through children and young people’s services into adult services?j19131613196j11111871113
Why are children and young people with learning difficulties more likely to experience mental health problems?22222318812j111213121214
What effect does having a formal label or a diagnosis have on children and young people living with a learning difficulty and those involved in their care and the public?j118717517j131316111315
Which ICT (eg, AAC devices, ICT-based communication aids, assistive technology, iPads/writing aids/tablet/phone) are effective and how can they best be accessed by children and young people with learning difficulties?41789255j1315148j1416
How can we improve public awareness about learning difficulties and what is the impact of any improvement in awareness on the wellbeing of people with learning difficulties?j13121025911j191717181917
What are the best measures of outcomes (eg, academic skills, peer relationships, quality of life, classroom participation) for children and young people with learning difficulties?j23j10171418917142191718
Which parenting approaches and strategies are most helpful for young parents or carers who themselves have learning difficulties?j28j1021161514j192019202019
Which strategies are effective in increasing the support available for children and young people with learning difficulties, and their families/carers, in out-of-school activities?16j3526232113j212120212120
How can we understand what it is like to live with learning difficulties from a child or young person's perspective?17j2824152022j212222222221
What strengths do children and young people with learning difficulties have?2114j18112424232323232322
What percentage of children and young people with learning difficulties receive the appropriate care and support that meets their needs at home, in clinic, in education and at work?18j1820222221242424242423
How do learning difficulties affect the everyday life of children and young people living with a learning difficulty and those involved in their care?j13j2622242325252525252524
What are the best practices in planning for the future (ie, transition) for young people as they leave school in order to achieve the best possible employment prospects?j79620163j13101017j14
  • Note: j refers to joint positions.

  • AAC, augmentative and alternative communication; ICT, information and communication technology; KC, Katherine Cowan; MT, Maryrose Tarpey; TG, Toto Gronlund.