Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 68

A Health Supplement

‘The enjoyment of good health is the key to a good quality of life’ (Thompson and Pickering, 2001) The Department of Health and Children encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices for all. However, this is not possible unless an individual is able to make informed choices about his/her lifestyle, diet and living environment. This is not an easy option...

PRACTICAL SENSORY PROGRAMMES FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER AND OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS

A highly effective way of working with people with autistic spectrum disorder is sensory integration therapy. In Sue Larkey’s recently published Practical sensory programmes for students with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs, she has demystifies sensory integration and makes clear some of the mystifying behaviours associated with autism. Autism spectrum disorder is characterised by the inability to...

APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS AND AUTISM: BUILDING A FUTURE TOGETHER

This book, comprising twelve chapters by various authors, outlines the science of behaviour analysis and documents the struggle of bringing this science to the community. Parents and an international group of professionals relate their experiences of working together to apply principles discovered by the science of behaviour analysis. Their collective experiences form the framework of much of this book. Parents...

VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN WITH AD/HD, AUTISM, AND OTHER LEARNING DISABILITIES

In this book, Lisa Kurtz, an occupational therapist, guides the reader through an understanding of visual perception difficulties in children and gives an account of the different professionals best able to evaluate and diagnose perception difficulties. Although she describes a multidisciplinary approach, her natural bias is towards occupational therapy. I found this to be a most useful book. I...

From Volunteer to Professional Respite: an emerging trend in short break services

There is a growing international trend in favour of professionalising hitherto volunteer-run, family-based short-break services for people with intellectual disability (ID). This movement towards providing professional ‘respite’ is gaining support in Ireland also. Its success will probably depend on whether, or not, it can minimise the real risk of alienating the hundreds of volunteer hosts who currently make up...

The Implementation of Education for Persons with Special Needs: The latest!

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) published its Implementation Report on the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (ESPEN) Act 2004 on 18 December 2006. The Report sets out the views and recommendations of the Council for the phased implementation of the Act. It identifies the policy issues that need to be addressed and actions that need to...

Cork Association for Autism

Parents in the Cork area founded the Cork Association for Autism (CAA) in March 1978 because of a total lack of facilities of any kind for children with autism at that time. The CAA is a voluntary non-profit making group. It is structured as a limited company and has been accorded charitable status. Having brought the plight of autistic...

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intellectual Disability in Ireland

This article explores the roles of the clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in one setting in Ireland, namely intellectual disability nursing. In 1998 the Report of the Commission on Nursing: A blueprint for the future recommended the establishment of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery (NCNM). It also recognised the need to ‘promote intellectual disability...

Models of support: The early foundations

First, let’s get a few things straight. Language! Language is important. It reflects attitudes and values—respect, or disrespect, ownership and control. It can also, if we’re careful, capture exactly what we mean. ‘Models of care’ is a common term in our sector, but care tends to be associated with minding children and minding people when they are sick or...

An exploration of the role of the Social Model of Disability in Irish Intellectual Disability Nursing: The nursing perspective

This article is an overview of a research study carried out in completion of a Masters of Science Degree, Disabilities Studies, in University College Dublin (2004). To begin with, the term ‘social model of disability’ is clarified. This is followed by background information and methods employed for the study. Finally the study results are discussed. The National Disability Authority (2004),...