The development of a child learning disability screening questionnaire: a pilot study
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The development of a child learning disability screening questionnaire: a pilot study

Karen McKenzie Consultant clinical psychologist, NHS Borders, Learning Disability Service, Melrose
Paula Megson Community mental health worker, Andrew Lang Unit, Scottish Borders
Donna Paxton Siclinical psychologist, Andrew Lang Unit, Selkirk, Scottish Borders

A new screening tool for children could ease the difficulties in identifying children with learning disabilities faced by parents and those in learning disability services. Karen McKenzie, Paula Megson and Donna Paxton - the creators of the tool - report on their findings

The identification of learning disability in children can be problematic, especially for those with significant intellectual impairment (Hamilton 2006, Siminoff et al 2006). However, early diagnosis can be crucial in terms of the child’s learning and everyday functioning (Herbert 2006), with early intervention helping to improve difficulties in communication and self-care skills (Chadwick et al 2005). In addition, diagnosis can help parents and others make sense of the child’s behaviours and difficulties, guide intervention and identify support needs (Goodman and Linn 2003).

Learning Disability Practice. 11, 5, 18-21. doi: 10.7748/ldp2008.

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