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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
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