Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 63

ASSESSMENT OF DEMENTIA IN PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Introduction The assessment and diagnosis of dementia in persons with Intellectual Disability (ID) is complex. Many of the difficulties are confounded by pre-existing intellectual impairment, additional physical and mental health co-morbidities and environmental and resource issues resulting in dementia often being quite progressed before any diagnosis is made. The key to accessing appropriate dementia care and the basis for many...

THE CHALLENGE OF FACILITATING SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF PUPILS WITH AUTISM IN A MAINSTREAM SCHOOL

Introduction Teaching children with autistic spectrum disorder in a mainstream school is both challenging and rewarding. It provides the teacher with unique opportunities to facilitate social integration between pupils with autism and mainstream peers. Wing (1996) defined the core deficits of autism as the ‘triad of impairments’. The author explains that children with autism exhibit significant social impairment in three developmental...

TREATMENT AND EDUCATION OF AUTISTIC AND RELATED COMMUNICATION HANDICAPPED CHILDREN (TEACCH)

North Carolina’s programme for the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH) provides an educational framework from which professionals and parents can individualise strategies for use with their students and children. It is both an approach within which other programmes can fit and a set of concepts which guide the creation of programmes for all...

THE NATURE OF SENSORY INTEGRATIVE THERAPY WITH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Sensory Integrative therapy (SI) for children with autism is a greatly sought-after service in Ireland. There are many indications for this type of intervention for children with this condition, as many children with autism have ‘atypical sensory processing’ (Mailloux 2001). ‘Sensory processing’ refers to the experience of detecting sensory stimuli accurately and appropriately responding to them. This includes processing...

AETIOLOGY OF AUTISM: FINDINGS AND QUESTIONS

Introduction Before turning to what is known on the aetiology of autism, it is necessary to note that, over the last few decades, there have been important changes in the diagnostic concept. During the 1960s, it was generally assumed that autism was a rare, seriously handicapping disorder, usually associated with intellectual disability (ID), constituting a condition that was qualitatively distinct...

POSITIVE INTERACTION SKILLS: A GROUP THERAPY MANUAL

This user friendly and practical book provides a flexible and thorough introduction to initiating and sustaining a communication skills programme. The book comprises of a number of groupwork exercises for people who have poor, or are in need of improving, interaction skills. The resourceful manual provides the reader with aims and objectives, session plans, activity guidelines and handouts for...

… BY MOONLIGHT (IN THE LIGHT OF DAY)

The evolution of Quick Bright Things’ By Moonlight project began as few arts projects do, ideally and organically, almost ten years ago. Many of the participants have been attending weekly workshops since that time, with an emphasis on skill building and establishing the core components of performance—physicality, presence etc. Our ‘process into product’ journey was slow and deliberate—initially after...

People’s Page – Deirdre Spain

My is Deirdre Spain. I am 29 years old and I live in Dublin with my parents. I am a self-advocate, in May I attended the Inclusion Europe Conference in Prague entitled ‘Towards Living in the Community’ along with other self-advocates and my friends from namhi. The delegates were from all over Europe, New Zealand, USA and Canada. We left...

People’s Pages – Paul Alford

My name is Paul Alford and I am from Peamount Hospital. I was over in Prague with namhi and other disability people. We went over for the Inclusion Europe Conference, 19-21 May 2005. The meeting was about community-based services and living independently for people with disability from all over Europe. People living in community houses should have their own space...

ALL THE WORDS I HAVE

All the words I have, But I am still afraid Of who you think I am: I don’t know what to say. My tears long for you. Yet I don’t understand Of how my heart wants to reach you With all the words I have. Lord knows when I try to speak, It feels though heart is weak. So I try to make you laugh With all the words I...