Identifying parents with learning disabilities

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McKenzie K (2014) Identifying parents with learning disabilities. Nursing Times; 110: 22, 21-23.

People with learning disabilities are likely to need additional support when accessing healthcare and, for those who are parents, receiving support at an early stage may help them to keep their child.

Health professionals who have contact with expectant mothers early on in their pregnancies are well placed to identify support needs. Providing timely support may be a challenge, particularly if the mother has not been known to learning disability services. This article discusses whether screening tools may offer nurses a quick, easy way of identifying people with learning disabilities.

Various tools can help to identify people with learning disabilities but more research is needed to find out how useful they are in identifying parents with learning disabilities

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> Why timely support of parents with learning disabilities is vital

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> The role of a learning-disability screening tool

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> Tools that may help identify parents with learning disabilities

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