Skip to main content

Caring for People with Learning Disabilities

Caring for People with Learning Disabilities

Ian Peate (Editor), Debra Fearns (Co-Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-03302-9 October 2006 190 Pages




Featuring 11 chapters, each one with a detailed glossary, Learning to Care for People with Learning Disabilities is designed to be used as a reference book in either the clinical setting, classroom or at home. Chapters are re-divided into discrete sections reflecting contemporary Learning Disability nursing practice. References to care in a range of primary and secondary care settings are made throughout the book. Each chapter begins with key points and concludes with a summary of the significant points to reinforce learning.

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.



Chapter 1: Working with adults with a learning disability (Jackie Kelly).

Chapter 2: Communication and adults with learning disabilities (Alan Randle).

Chapter 3: The importance of managing behaviours which pose challenges (Costas Joannides).

Chapter 4: Protecting vulnerable adults with learning disabilities (Debra Fearns).

Chapter 5: Mental health issues and adults with learning disabilities (Paul Maloret).

Chapter 6: Epilepsy and adults with learning disability (Debra Fearns).

Chapter 7: Health promotion perspectives for adults with learning disabilities (Debra Fearns, Jackie Kelly, Paul Maloret, Malcolm McIver and Tracey-Jo Simpson).

Chapter 8: Bio-physical aspects of learning disability and Down’s syndrome (Frank Garvey and Jacky Vincent).

Chapter 9: Legislation and learning disabilities (Malcolm McIver).

Chapter 10: Parents with learning disabilities (April Hammond).


Provides student taking the learning disability strand of the BSc courses user-friendly and contemporary information, in relation to some of the key clinical practice issues that they may experience when caring for people with learning disabilities.
  • Specifically related to adults and adolescents with learning disabilities. The book addresses the needs of adults and adolescents with learning disabilities for student nurses.
  • Help students understand the fundamental aspects of clinical practice in order to provide safe and effective care to adults with learning disabilities in various situations.
  • Useful for the student being supervised from a distance.
  • Text is based on the principles of care that will encourage the student to grow and develop.
  • Practice-based handbook or manual with a sound evidence base.
  • Helps the student develop a questioning approach to care.
  • Written in an accessible, user-friendly manner that results in students developing a greater insight into the complexities associated with nursing practice.