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All nurse training should cover communication with children who have learning disabilities

Bespoke training could benefit children's nursing students and children with learning disabilities
Communication

Bespoke training could benefit children's nursing students and children with learning disabilities

Throughout children's nurse training students are told how vital forming strong communication skills is to building a therapeutic relationship with a child or young person and their families.

However, one limitation to this otherwise thorough education is the lack of training in building such relationships with children who have learning or developmental disabilities

Non-verbal communication models, such as SOLER, are excellent in this regard.

SOLER stands for ‘sit squarely, open posture, lean towards each other, eye contact, relax’. But how do you achieve these with a child or young person who can’t make eye contact or understand social communication cues?

Style of language

During training students are encouraged to adapt their styles of language for each individual and prompt conversation.

But what if the

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