This textbook provides the reader with an insight into the needs of children with both physical and learning disabilities, particularly within an acute care setting. It considers the principles that underpin the fundamental aspects of care delivery to children with special needs. The key areas of knowledge and practical skills covered include:
- the social and historical context
- challenging assumptions
- best practice for giving news to parents
- communication methods
- play and movement
- nutrition and feeding
- boundary setting
- respite care
- transitions into adult services.
This interesting book covers practice areas identified by the English National Board as essential for student nurses. It will also be invaluable for qualified nurses and for other health professionals working with children with disabilities.
Table of Contents
1. Meeting the Fundamental Needs of Children with Disabilities 2. The Sociological and Historical Context of Disability 3. Challenging the Tragedy 4. Getting it Right - the Initial Diagnosis 5. Making Contact - Building Relationships 6. Movement, Learning and Having Fun 7. Meeting Nutritional Needs 8. Finding a Mechanism for Communication 9. Behaviour, Attachment and Boundary Setting 10. Pain Assessment in the Acute Setting 11. Managing Difficult Behaviour in the Acute Setting 12. The Importance of Appropriate Respite Care 13. Transition into Adult Services 14. The Way Forward
Helen Warner is an Early Intervention Nurse, Services for Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour and Their Families, in East Kent. She trained at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London and has worked as a Senior Staff Nurse in Paediatrics.