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Mary Codling Community Learning Disability Nurse, West Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Mary codling reports on a project designed to help generic health services meet the special needs of people with learning disabilities

Epilepsy is a condition that can adversely affect a person’s physical, psychological, social and educational development. It can also have wide-ranging effects on the person’s life at home and day-time activity. Because of its impact, Corbett (1988) describes epilepsy as a compounding rather than an additional handicap. Additional neurological disorders can present significant management challenges which include limited communication skills, behavioural problems, as well as the complexity of seizures. In comparison to the general population, epilepsy is more prevalent among people with learning disabilities, with 18 per cent of people affected compared with between 1 and 2 per cent of the general population (Kerr 1996).

Learning Disability Practice. 4, 4, 22-25. doi: 10.7748/ldp.4.4.22.s19

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