Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 72

PERSON-CENTRED PRACTICES

This book examines the role of the professional healthcare worker in intellectual disability in the current climate where health promotion and person centeredness have come together as being the primary determinants for quality services. The book is much influenced by the resurgence of interest in healthcare practice which may have been somewhat ignored in the UK in the past...

Assessment of need under the Disability Act 2005

In June 2007, the Disability Act 2005 was implemented in respect of children under five years of age. This has been interpreted as meaning under five years of age at the time of application. It will be implemented for the 5 to 18 age group in tandem with the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 (EPSEN) and it will be...

The dilemma of educational choice

As parents of children with special needs you face difficult decisions when it comes to where your child should be educated. This dilemma is worldwide, parents everywhere want their children to have the best education possible. Since the 1980s, there has been a movement towards more inclusive schooling for children with special needs. In some areas, such as Eastern...

CARING FOR MYSELF

Parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can encounter undreamed-of difficulties in what should be simple, everyday activities—a child having a bath, dealing with dirty hands or brushing teeth. What do you do if a haircut or a doctor’s appointment triggers traumatised screaming because your child is overwhelmed by unfamiliar situations or sensory overload? Caring for Myself is a...

UNDERSTANDING APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS

When this book landed on my desk I saw the claims on the back cover that the book ‘demystifies’ the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis and I began reading with anticipation. This book is long overdue. If there is an area within modern psychological science that requires and warrants demystification, without doubt, it is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). To...

Personal Hygiene —taking care of your body

Keeping your body clean not only keeps you healthy, but it also makes you feel good about yourself- Looking good does not just mean wearing the latest fashion, it also relates to other important things that will affect your image. In this article we consider those important things that help us feel good and what we can do to...

Key decisions community agencies need to make if they are to individualise supports

Introduction Though many community service-providing agencies are fond of describing themselves as being ‘person-centred’, it is sometimes hard to know what precisely is meant by such claims. This is particularly true when one notes that these agencies do not systematically offer their service users individualised options of support. Obviously, for some agencies, ‘person-centered’ must mean something other than creating, at...

Making decisions about money

The 21-page booklet presents information on money, budgeting, banking, using an ATM and credit cards. In her address, Ms O’Dea praised Inclusion Ireland for ‘providing an understanding of financial products and services in plain English to people with intellectual disabilities.’ She particularly welcomed the budgeting section, adding that people might like to use the online budget planner on the...

Assessment of need— impact on service provision

Introduction On 1 June 2007, Part Two of the Disability Act 2005 became effective for children less than five years of age. Disabled children within this age group now have a right to: An independent Assessment of Need (AON)—health and educational—arising from their disability An assessment report A statement of the services they will receive The entitlement to make a complaint if they...

Celebrating Educational Choice —what a ‘can do’ attitude can achieve

For many parents of children with learning disabilities the dilemma of where to send their child to school is a cause of great concern. While the EPSEN Act 2004 offers the entitlement of children with special educational needs to be ‘educated in an inclusive environment with children who do not have such needs’, questions such as ‘what is available,...