Monday, December 11, 2017

Frontline Issue 79

YOGA THERAPY FOR EVERY SPECIAL CHILD

As a yoga teacher I found this book inspiring. It clearly shows how to bring joy into a child’s life through a well-balanced yoga programme. The book starts has a general introduction describing the needs of special children and the similarities between yoga and neuro-development therapy. Nancy Williams is a paediatric speech pathologist and a neuro-developmental therapist, Hatha yoga...

THE ONE AND ONLY SAM

On opening this book, we are introduced to the central character Sam who, similar to many children with communication difficulties, tends to take language literally. The key issue is that Sam has trouble understanding idioms, which are expressions that people don’t take literally, such as ‘feeling on top of the world’ or ‘raining cats and dogs’. Sam’s parents explain to...

RELAXATION PROGRAMME TO HELP CHILDREN MANAGE THEIR EMOTIONS

Langensiepen, a teacher who is trained in the Autogenic Relaxation technique, writes a straightforward manual on using Autogenic Therapy for children. Autogenics is a technique which stimulates a soothing effect on the autonomous nervous system. Once learnt and incorporated into a daily routine, the child begins to experience greater well being. The exercises can be done at home or...

SHARED LIVES

This book has been written by three highly.regarded professionals whose experiences and expertise have been combined to create an essential guide for any social care professional who is interested in creating an inclusive and truly person-centred service. Briefly taking in the historical aspects of social care service provision, the authors look at how practice has evolved to encompass the individual...

CONSULTING WITH PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN AGEING RESEARCH

Background An Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA (IDS-TILDA), led by Professor Mary McCarron at Trinity College, for the first time will provide valid and reliable data relating to older people with intellectual disability (ID) and ageing in Ireland. The lives of a representative sample of about 800 people with ID aged 40 years and over from across Ireland—randomly selected from...

Early intervention: The experiences of staff of the assessment of need in early intervention services

Introduction Due to the heightened awareness of the importance of early intervention and its benefits, Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 (the Assessment of Need process for children aged 0-5 years) came into effect in Ireland on 1June 2007. The Assessment of Need was introduced as a means of providing timeous access to an independent assessment of children’s health...

Hepatitis B in Camphill life-sharing communities in Ireland

Introduction One of the sad heritages from the days of institutionalisation of people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland, and elsewhere, were the very high levels of hepatitis B infection found amongst the people living in those institutions. Irish studies by Lyons et al.(1987) and Scanlon and Kahn (1989) showed that 50 to 70 percent of the residents had become infected,...

Innovation funding for disability and mental health

There is universal agreement that people with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities, as well as those with mental health difficulties, should be supported to live self-determined lives and be included and valued as equal citizens. This agreement is reflected in our legislation and policy, which focuses on the individual and his or her participation in identifying what he or...

Complementary medicine

The positive effects of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) as part of service provision for people with intellectual disabilities Introduction The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) has been researched quite extensively among the general population and among various clinical populations; however little research has been undertaken in investigating the use of such therapies by people with intellectual disabilities. In a...

Enterprising new markets

St John of God Community Services, Carmona Service, has ventured into the world of the Irish Farmers’ Markets. Each Friday, Cintra Nursery has set up shop selling plants, artwork and baked goods which have been produced by the Carmona Service’s community for the Leopardstown Market. Cintra Nursery has long been known for its quality bedding, shrubs, hedging and herbs at...