diagnosis, information and stress in parents of children with a learning disability
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diagnosis, information and stress in parents of children with a learning disability

Rhiannon Howie-Davies Clinical psychologist, Clinical and Counselling Psychology Services, Hartwood Hospital, Shotts
Karen McKenzie Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh

Rhiannon Howie-Davies and Karen McKenzie outline a study examining information provided to parents of children diagnosed with either a general or specific learning disability. The findings suggest that professionals need to do more to ensure that information given to parents is relevant, timely and accessible

Fosome parents, receiving the news that their child has a learning disability can be associated with feelings of shock and distress akin to a grieving process (Maxwell and Barr 2003). Other parents may be relieved to receive a diagnosis, rather than being left with uncertainty about the cause of the difficulties that their child is having (Maxwell and Barr 2003).

Learning Disability Practice. 10, 8,28-33. doi: 10.7748/ldp2007.10.10.8.28.c4281

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