chapter  17
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Pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties C arol Ouvry and S u zan n e Saunders

Ware (1994) defines PMLD as ‘having two or more severe impairments, one of which is profound learning difficulties’. She supports this definition by referring to research published in the 1980s which showed that comparatively few people with profound learning disabilities had no other severe impairments. However, this small number of pupils who have profound learning disabilities but do not appear to have additional impairments can be the most challenging to teach as there is no obvious focus to provide a starting point for the teaching process.