Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 96

People come into your path for a reason

In two separate areas of South Dublin in the early 1980’s, two young women were not to know how their paths would soon cross. Young adult newly-wed life began for them as next door neighbours in the leafy suburb of Killiney - fresh-faced, youthful and above all, full of expectation. They both were instantly attracted to each other and friendship was a given. Easy smiles, merry laughs soon led to chat about life plans. They were created to be friends. Laughter was so much their sound...

TUSLA: FORGING A NEW DIRECTION

They say that the road’s never easy to a place worth going! Establishing a brand new Agency and championing reform at a time of financial restraint and recruitment restriction has been challenging. Finally, on 1 January, 2014, the Child and Family Agency became an independent legal entity, comprising the former Children & Family Services of the HSE, the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board, as well as a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence...

CAGED IN CHAOS: A DYSPRAXIC GUIDE TO BREAKING FREE by Victoria Biggs.

Caged in chaos is an insightful, articulate account of a teenage girl named Victoria and the effect of dyspraxia on her life. The book was the winner of the 2005 NASEN/TES Special Educational Needs Children’s Book Award. Whilst factually informative, the humorous and engaging style of the author makes this book both an interesting and funny read for anyone wanting to learn from a first-hand perspective how the developmental disorder can cause ‘chaos,’ particularly during adolescence...

HEALTH MATTERS: BETTER LIVES THROUGH BETTER HEALTH

Being healthy is more than not being sick. Being healthy is about feeling well and comfortable, safe and secure, to be able to connect with other people and join in the life of your community. Being healthy is about feeling good physically and mentally. For people with intellectual and other disabilities it is very important to be and stay as healthy as possible, as being unwell makes it harder to do things for yourself, and to join in education, work, recreation and social activities with family and friends. Many people with intellectual disabilities experience poor health. Some of the health issues relate to the disability, but many are the same as those experienced by the general population.

The therapeutic milieu under fire: Security and insecurity in forensic mental health edited by John Adlam, et al.

This book explores the personal and interpersonal complexities taking place within the therapeutic community, together with destructive processes that have external origins (such as governmental and health-care commissioning). These ‘attacks’ take place under the guise of policy changes, uncertainties around funding and commissioning, service cuts and, in some cases, they result in the closure of iconic services, such as the Henderson Hospital...

EXERCISE AND HEALTHY EATING

Hi, my name is Jason Carragher. I am 17 yrs old and I go to St Paul’s Special School in Beaumont Woods. I started when I was 6 yrs old and I have had a lot of problems with behaviour and also with my weight. I have always battled with my weight since I was a young child. At one stage I was 16 stone and was not healthy. I ate all the wrong foods and didn’t exercise a lot, but at the time I didn’t understand why my weight was an issue because I didn’t have the same thoughts as a normal child would have...

THE MACRO EFFECT OF A MICRO WORLD

The term ‘probiotic’ has become a familiar one in recent years. However, it is not such a new concept and indeed in the early 1900s, Ilya Mechnikov was the first to propose the use of live microorganisms in maintaining bowel health and prolonging life. Now, the term probiotic is used to describe dietary microorganisms that are beneficial to the health of the host. It is not unusual now to be encouraged to take a course of probiotics along with or soon after a course of antibiotics...

CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

On 2 July 2014, the Carers Association launched their Pre-budget Submission 2015, estimating that 187,000 people are providing care in the home in Ireland. Caring activities range from providing occasional assistance, to providing full-time care for an individual, be they a child or an adult. Caring can include supporting an individual with their physical care, assisting with the management of symptoms, and assisting with activities of daily living. Caring also involves providing emotional support for the individual...

The access of families of children with a learning disability to Respite in Ireland: an overview

This article outlines the daily challenges faced by families in caring for those with learning disabilities, and the corresponding need for respite services to be flexible in accommodating both short and long term issues. Issues can relate to behaviour, especially in terms of aggression as children get older, general health, impact on family members, and also routine disruptions, such...

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

People with an intellectual disability are, in general, more likely to have poor health than their non-disabled peers (National Disability Authority 2011). This is recognised internationally and has received much attention over time. While there is an argument that sometimes this poorer health is related to the person’s disability, this is not exclusively the case. Indeed, there is growing evidence that the poorer health is often associated with, and influenced by, health inequality for people with intellectual disabilities...