Children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are among the most marginalised people in society. They have some of the highest support needs and are most reliant on services. This accessible text presents and promotes current best practice regarding interventions to meet the complex health needs of a person with profound & multiple learning disabilities. Practical in focus, this text provides evidence-based guidance on meeting the complex needs of a person with PMLD. The text presents a range of complex health needs that a practitioner may face, such as communication, nutrition, epilepsy, vision and mobility. Each practice-focused chapter provides clear definitions of the condition, with current evidence-based best-practice supporting the intervention. Written by a team of professionals who have wide experience and interest in this subject area, this text will be invaluable for all those working with, and caring for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Contributors. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Section 1 Assessing Complex Needs. Chapter 1 Introduction ( Jillian Pawlyn and Steven Carnaby). Chapter 2 Quality of Life: People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Katja Petry and Bea Maes). Chapter 3 Supporting a Person with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities to Maintain Their Health: A Parent Carer and Support Team Experience ( Jan Roast, Katie Hickson and Sarah King). Chapter 4 Making Sense of Communication ( Karen Bunning). Chapter 5 Promoting the Emotional Well-being of People with Profound and Multiple Intellectual Disabilities: A Holistic Approach through Intensive Interaction ( Melanie Nind). Chapter 6 Achieving and Maintaining Health ( Jillian Pawlyn). Chapter 7 Clinical Assessment of People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Steven Carnaby). Section 2 Meeting Complex Needs. Chapter 8 Mental Health Problems and People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Steven Carnaby). Chapter 9 Epilepsy: Implications for People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Mary Codling and Nicky MacDonald). Chapter 10 'Sight Is Might': Vision and Vision Impairment in People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Gill Levy). Chapter 11 Hearing and Aural Health ( Laura Waite). Chapter 12 Respiratory Health of People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Colin Wallis). Chapter 13 Dental Care and Oral Health ( Pauline Watt-Smith). Chapter 14 Dysphagia and People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities ( Hannah Crawford). Chapter 15 Nutrition, Hydration and Weight ( Sian Burton, Susan Cox and Sue M. Sandham). Chapter 16 Continence ( Jillian Pawlyn and Shirley Budd). Chapter 17 Mobility, Posture and Comfort ( Sarah Hill and Liz Goldsmith). Chapter 18 Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: Meeting Complex Needs through Complex Means ( Steven Carnaby and Jillian Pawlyn). Index.