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Burnout can be described as a prolonged response to chronic interpersonal and emotional stressors in the work environment. Staff burnout is considered an occupational hazard in people.oriented professions and it is commonly reported amongst frontline staff working in intellectual disability services. In this article Sile Murphy and Claude Watters provide an overview of measures to prevent staff burnout, and potential interventions for staff within intellectual disability services who are experiencing burnout. The role of staff attributions within the context of challenging behaviour will be examined.

The main features of burnout are an overwhelming exhaustion, feelings of cynicism, frustration, anger, failure and ineffectiveness. Burnout negatively affects both personal and social...

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Mary Cullen explains the LÁMH sign language system in Irish schools.

The first day of school is an exciting and important event in a child’s (and family’s!) life.  For children who use a mode of communication other than speech, along with the preparation of books and uniform will be the need to help prepare the school to support the new pupil’s communication system. Augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) Everybody communicates in their own way.  For some, this might mean using a mode of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC): ‘a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve everyday communicative challenges’ (ISAAC). AAC supports include signs, communication books and communication devices.  Having access to a method of communication enables the child to interact, express their wants and needs and build relationships. AAC supports can be ‘high.tech’ or ‘low.tech’. Picture...

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‘The customer rules.’ But who is the customer of intellectual disability services? John Buckley challenges current practice, and suggests the need for revolutionary rethinking in how the funding of services should be organised. John Buckley, Day Services Leader, St Patrick’s, Upton, Innishannon, Co. Cork

The current situation What term is used in the service you are most familiar with to refer to the people who access that service? One...