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Learning Disabilities in Children

01 November 2000

Learning Disability Practice

Book review

This practical guide, based on research into the experiences of families with children who have learning disabilities is the latest in the Working together for...

Putting person-centred care at the heart of learning disability services

30 January 2020

Learning Disability Practice

Policy briefing

Essential facts In Ireland about 28,388 people with a learning disability receive services funded by the state and the voluntary sector (Hourigan et al 2018). Most...

How nurses grieve for children who die in their care

29 March 2016

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Background The personal grief of nurses who care for the palliative needs of children with an intellectual disability has rarely been investigated. Method A...

Urinary continence promotion and people with an intellectual disability

18 May 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Continence is regarded as a basic need and many continence problems can be addressed and managed effectively. People with an intellectual disability (ID) are at...

Supporting safe eating and drinking for people with severe and profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

24 January 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Evidence & practice

This article outlines the difficulties that people with severe and profound intellectual and multiple disabilities may have when swallowing. The article explains the...

Preventing, assessing and managing constipation in people with intellectual disabilities

13 August 2020

Learning Disability Practice

Physical health

Constipation is a common condition that can have significant adverse effects on people’s psychological well-being and quality of life. Chronic constipation is...

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

14 November 2019

Learning Disability Practice

psychiatric disorders

Mental health concerns are prevalent in regard to those with intellectual disability. There are many reasons for this, some of which may relate to the causation of...

Using verbal and non-verbal communication to support people with learning disabilities

27 October 2022

Learning Disability Practice


People with learning disabilities may experience communication difficulties and it is essential for nurses to develop the necessary skills to support them, from...

‘Sweet dreams’: an evidence-based approach to effective sleep hygiene maintenance for people with an intellectual disability

14 March 2019

Learning Disability Practice

Person-centred care

Sleep is an essential activity of daily living that is often overlooked in approaches to caring for people with intellectual disabilities (IDs). Poor sleep, insomnia...