Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Reviews

Book Review: Selective Mutism In Our Own Words

This book is written from a personal perspective, and is very accessible for anyone with an interest in Selective Mutism (SM). Spread out over seventeen chapters, the book is full of insightful stories by people with SM.

Pen & Palette: Book Review

Pen & Palette is a book of poetry and paintings by people with intellectual disabilities who are past and present students on the Certificate in Contemporary Living Course at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) in Trinity College Dublin...

CAGED IN CHAOS: A DYSPRAXIC GUIDE TO BREAKING FREE by Victoria Biggs.

Caged in chaos is an insightful, articulate account of a teenage girl named Victoria and the effect of dyspraxia on her life. The book was the winner of the 2005 NASEN/TES Special Educational Needs Children’s Book Award. Whilst factually informative, the humorous and engaging style of the author makes this book both an interesting and funny read for anyone wanting to learn from a first-hand perspective how the developmental disorder can cause ‘chaos,’ particularly during adolescence...

The therapeutic milieu under fire: Security and insecurity in forensic mental health edited by John Adlam, et al.

This book explores the personal and interpersonal complexities taking place within the therapeutic community, together with destructive processes that have external origins (such as governmental and health-care commissioning). These ‘attacks’ take place under the guise of policy changes, uncertainties around funding and commissioning, service cuts and, in some cases, they result in the closure of iconic services, such as the Henderson Hospital...

DUBLIN SMART TOURISM GUIDE, Dublin: Down Syndrome Ireland, 2013

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) has published an 82-page guide to Dublin, funded under the Gruntvig Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The guide is designed for persons with special needs—but it can also be useful for any city visitor. Twelve members of the DSI’s National Advisory Council devised the Dublin Smart Tourism Guide in the spring of 2013...

HOW TO BREAK BAD NEWS TO PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: A guide for carers and professionals by Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

Bad News Book Cover
It is likely that anybody working with people with intellectual disabilities, at some time or another, has had to break bad news to them, sometimes perhaps in an unhelpful way. For some people with the intellectual disability, the comprehension of what they have been told may not be readily observable. Understanding is sometimes inferred...

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MOTIVATION: A THERAPIST’S GUIDE TO WORKING WITH CHILDREN edited by Jenny Ziviani, Anne E. Poulsen and Monica Cuskelly.

Motivation Book Cover
The Art and Science of Motivation is a guide for therapists and practitioners who work with children in health and educational settings. Its specific focus is on children at risk of developmental disadvantage as a result of physical, developmental or social disabilities...

GROUP MUSIC ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

It’s Monday evening and I am just finished a drama class with a group of people with intellectual disability. We know each other well and meet every Monday for two hours to create, talk, discover and uncover our stories through drama. today the theme was bullying; as I make my way home, I am left humming the tune of...

FORENSIC ISSUES IN ADOLESCENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

From time to time a book is published that is important to practitioners working in specialist disabilities services—this is one of them. People with disabilities come to the attention of the police and the courts, but very often the needs of this small, but growing, group of people are not brought to the attention of the courts in a...

USING INTENSIVE INTERACTION

This book is a primer in the practical use of Intensive Interaction for teachers, nurses, care staff, parents and others with an interest in engaging with people with profound and complex intellectual disability. Intensive interaction was developed by Melanie Nind and Dave Hewitt in the 1990s as an educational approach that enabled close communication to be developed between teachers and...