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Some children and young people with a learning disability also present with behaviour that challenges, which can require significant care input from their parents or carers. Without specialist skilled support to meet the needs of these children and young people, behaviour that challenges can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. This article explores the development of a family training programme in one NHS trust, which aimed to provide the parents and carers of children and young people with a learning disability with safe strategies to manage behaviour that challenges. The training programme assisted parents and carers to develop confidence in managing behaviour that challenges and improved the quality of life of children and young people with a learning disability.
Reflexivity can be used by researchers to manage their thoughts, feelings and preconceptions
Exploring the evidence base for mindfulness-based interventions for people with LDs
Supporting and mentoring learning disability nursing students can be rewarding for all parties, but the challenge is to ensure that the process is robust and effective. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for entry to the register require that all nursing students are competent in the four domains of professional values; communication and interpersonal skills; nursing practice and decision-making; and leadership, management and team working. Providing nursing students with the opportunity to practise and become competent in these domains formed the basis of the Telford model’s development. This article describes the model and explains how it works in practice, using the experiences of nursing students and their mentors. The article also shows how implementing the model can improve students’ competence and confidence while increasing placement capacity, which easily matches the new NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.
The benefits of a communication forum specifically in support of community reintegration
A look at Batten disease, a collection of rare and fatal inherited disorders of the nervous system
An interactive and collaborative approach may be most effective
Nurses need to feel confident about supporting people with LD affected by epilepsy
Nurses need an understanding of the root causes of problematic sexual behaviour
A look at this progressive and rare congenital lysosomal disorder
Processing style may affect emotion recognition differently in children and adults
Literature review examining general nurses' caring for people with learning disabilities