Assessment of mental health problems in children and adolescents with learning disability

by Dr Muthukumar Kannabiran and Dr Sarah Bernard

 

Last reviewed: November 2013

 

Children and adolescents with learning disability (LD) are among the most vulnerable of the population. Physical disorders are well recognised in this group. More recently, evidence regarding the presence and extent of psychiatric disorders in this population has been emerging.

 

Assessment of psychiatric disorders in this population requires the consideration of issues specific to this group of individuals, including their level of development, communication and risk factors. A comprehensive assessment includes a search for the possible causes of learning disability and for comorbid disorders.

 

This module aims to provide a framework for assessment of children and adolescents with learning disability for mental health problems, highlighting issues to be considered in the assessment. 

 

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