Erren Wheatland, Katie Reid

Supporting People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Self-study guide


A self-study guide



This valuable new self-study guide, Supporting People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, will help support staff and others to understand and respond to the complex and holistic needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Written by expert trainers and practitioners in the field, it will help to develop knowledge in how to support, communicate, engage and develop appropriate strategies to provide effective, meaningful support.

The guide includes key knowledge, case studies, reflective exercises, learning points and video clips to enable staff to study at their own pace as part of their continuing professional development or to support any qualifying training in the field.

A copy of the self-study guide mirrors the trainer’s guidelines from the Supporting People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities training pack, and therefore provides the background information needed to run the training in a convenient format. It also provides a self-study route through the content, guiding the reader through the materials and when to watch particular videos and do the various exercises and activities, to encourage independent thinking and learning





This self-study guide is for support staff working in the adult health and social care sector.


Supporting Health and Everyday Needs
Definitions of PMLD, the everyday support needs for a person with PMLD and associated complex health needs.

Supporting Social and Emotional Wellbeing
The importance of living a meaningful life: supporting social and community participation and inclusion; developing and maintaining friendships, and; enhancing life opportunities.

The importance of being able to communicate and to have choice and control over your own life. Enabling decisions and choice-making; giving someone a voice and ensuring they can be heard. Exploring practical ways we can support and enhance communication for people with PMLD.

Sensory Engagement
The importance of creative planning to enable someone with PMLD to engage in the world around them.

Learning about the essence of co-production and collaboration and why multi-faceted support is fundamental to delivering high quality, effective support in adult social care.

Values and Attitudes
Legislative, professional and parental movements that are transforming and enhancing the lives of people with PMLD. Recognising that everyone is a citizen; everyone can make a valuable contribution if supported in the right way. Respecting that everyone has the right to an ordinary, fulfilling life and how we can get involved to ensure this is truly embedded into everyday practice.


Authors: Erren Wheatland and Katie Reid


Publication date: November 2019



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