Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 66

Personality and motivation in people with intellectual disabilities

If you ask any counsellor or psychotherapist who works with people who do not have intellectual disabilities what influences the behaviour and decisions of the people they work with, they will probably mention a number of factors including the person’s relationships with other people, their personality, upbringing and their family history. It is unlikely that they would say ‘cognitive...

CONSTRUCTIVE CAMPAIGNING FOR AUTISM SERVICE

‘I heard a parent give a talk on “managing challenging behav.iour”. She was talking about the challenging behaviour of the professionals. She described how parents have to cope with a triad of impairments: health, education and social services, and gave some excellent examples of what the challenging behav.iour of professionals can lead to.’ The above extract is taken from the...

MY VOICE MY CHOICE

My Voice My Choice is a series of five, 6.page booklets on advocacy, self-advocacy, money, rights, and bullying, with an accompanying CD-ROM. The aim of this publication is to promote the rights of people with an intellectual disability. The CD-ROM and booklets are colourful, helpful, precise and concise. They are a good investment for any service setting for people with...

LEARNING DISABILITY

The authors explore people’s strengths and needs in the context of their natural bio-psycho-social growth and development through the lifespan. This is an important departure from the traditional textbook approach, which has generally focused narrowly on areas of specific need, such as challenging behaviour or epilepsy. By presenting knowledge in this way, Grant et al. provide the reader with...

CAN I TELL YOU ABOUT ASPERGER’S SYNDROME?

This is a well-written and accessible volume. The author and illustrator achieve a pleasant balance with the use of simple language and a range of everyday images. As a parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), I think that this book is a useful tool for other siblings, classmates and other members of the family—the text is specifically...

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION IN IRELAND

At a period of rapid change in the area of special education in Ireland the publication of this reference book is timely. It takes a comprehensive look at special education from the assessment and identification of a child with special needs, through planning and teaching, to a review of new structures, new Department guidelines and new legislation which will...

LOOKING AFTER MY BALLS

This book received a commendation in the 2005 British Medical Association Awards. In a world that is predominately visual, it is interesting that the written word is often valued as superior and bestowed a much higher status. This is not the case in Looking after my balls, an informative book designed to help men with intellectual disabilities to know...

Person centred planning

Introduction A significant development and challenge in intellectual dis.ability services is ‘person-centredness’, however, it is becoming widely recognised as a vital component of the overall quality of life for people with intellectual disability. Person-centred planning (PCP) is a concept that was developed in the late 1980s, designed to assist individuals with disability to achieve their dreams and aspirations (O’Brien and...

Community and rights

Background: The rise of rights as a remedy to societal mistreatment The vocabulary of rights is all around us these days, as rights become more and more heralded as the antidote to all manner of injustices and oppressions of people. So, it should not surprise us that these are looked to by many groups seeking emancipation, be they women, minorities,...

Discourse and dialogue at Trinity

Introduction The School of Nursing and Midwifery of University of Dublin Trinity College held its 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology, on 2–4 November 2005. The peer reviewed conference attracted a substantial range of international and inter-professional presenters and delegates. A full day’s concurrent session on 3 November was devoted to contemporary research in...