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Friends for life: building resilience and emotional wellbeing

Author:
FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
40
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
2nd ed.

Revised guide summarising the learning to date from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities experience of adapting FRIENDS for Life programme to help children and young people with learning disabilities to manage their feelings better. The programme, often used in schools, teaches children and young people techniques to cope with anxiety and promotes well-being and social (Edited publisher abstract)

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Learning disabilities: positive practice guide

Authors:
DAGNAN Dave, et al
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
34
Place of publication:
London

This practice guide provides information on how to best support people with learning disabilities to access their local Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. It is aimed at those who work in, commission, or refer to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. The guide outlines the reasonable adjustments that are recommended to ensure that people with learning disabilities get the maximum benefit from treatment within an IAPT service. Areas discussed include: service models, changes to referral and access pathways; screening; adjustments to mainstream IAPT pathways; assessment; adaptations to treatment and interventions; and making information accessible. Practical examples are included to show how some teams have made reasonable adjustments to support access to IAPT service. The guide also covers the importance of training and developing the workforce and provides key points for commissioners of IAPT services consider to ensure that mainstream services effectively meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Talking together: facilitating peer support activities to help people with learning disabilities understand about growing older and living with dementia

Authors:
TOWERS Christine, GLOVER Cindy
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
56
Place of publication:
London

This handbook describes how to run facilitated peer support groups where people use their understanding and experiences to help each other, aiming to help people with learning disabilities experience a greater sense of well-being as they grow older. It covers starting a group; planning, starting and ending each session; and provides ideas to help people feel engaged. The handbook also outlines 20 participative activities to engage people to think and talk about the changes that may occur as they get older. The activities have been tested in group sessions in two locations: a shared house for six people with learning disabilities where one of the housemates had developed dementia and a small day centre for older people with learning disabilities where one person had dementia. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Looking for an ordinary life: supporting children with complex health needs and/or dependent on medical technology

Author:
DAVIES Jill
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This briefing summarises findings about some of the current issues affecting children and young people with complex health needs (who may also be using medical technology) and their families. It is based on a development project funded by the Department of Health Voluntary Sector Investment Programme and carried out by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. Nearly 40 children (Edited publisher abstract)

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Feeling down: improving the mental health of people with learning disabilities.

Author:
BURKE Christine-Koulla
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
36
Place of publication:
London

This report is aims to raise awareness among policy makers, commissioners and health and social care services and promote positive mental health of people with learning disabilities. It draws on a literature review, a national survey and focus groups, and real life case studies. The report begins by providing the context of the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities, drawing on the findings of a literature review. It then presents the results from a national survey and focus groups which look at the experiences of people with learning disabilities, their families, friends and staff when accessing support for their mental well-being. The final sections of the report provide recommendations for improving the mental health of people with learning disabilities. The report found that people with learning disabilities experience high levels of mental health problems. It also found that access to mental health services, assessment and treatment for this group needs to be improved. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Evaluation toolkit for providers: an assessment tool and action plan for organisations to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities as they grow older

Author:
TOWERS Christine
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
34
Place of publication:
London

This evaluation toolkit is to help provider organisations to improve the quality of support for people with learning disabilities as they grow older. It aims to enable providers to understand the values, knowledge and skills that need to be in place to support people as they grow older so that their lives are as happy, healthy and fulfilling as possible and draw up and deliver an action plan to improve the support provided to people as they grow older. It uses the 8 outcomes from the Association for Real Change 'Real Change Challenge on Older People'. It provides indicators for each of the eight outcome that providers can use to assess themselves against using a traffic light system (red, amber and green). The toolkit suggests resources to help achieve each outcome. There is also a template for developing an action plan to help organisations implement the necessary changes. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Adapting delivery of the Thinking Skills Programme to include prisoners with learning disabilities: project report

Authors:
GIRAUD-SAUNDERS Alison, et al, FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
10
Place of publication:
London

The Thinking Skills Programme helps prisoners to understand their behaviour, make better choices and set positive goals, all of which help to reduce their chance of reoffending. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (part of the Mental Health Foundation) was awarded a grant by the Department of Health (DH) to adapt delivery of TSP for offenders with learning disabilities (Original abstract)

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Adapted Thinking Skills Programme: evaluation report for National Offender Management Service

Author:
OAKES Peter M.
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
89
Place of publication:
London

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (part of the Mental Health Foundation) has adapted the Thinking Skills Programme to be used by prisoners with learning disabilities. The Programme helps prisoners to understand their behaviour, make better choices, set positive goals and develop positive relationships, all of which help to reduce their chance of reoffending. This independent (Edited publisher abstract)

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Practical guidance on adapting FRIENDS for Life to increase participation: children and young people with learning disabilities

Author:
FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
16
Place of publication:
London

The FRIENDS for Life programme was developed to teach children and young people techniques to cope with anxiety, promote wellbeing and social and emotional skills by using a cognitive behavioural therapy framework in school-based groups. Based on the authors experiences of trialling FRIENDS for Life and Fun FRIENDS activities with children and young people with severe learning disabilities, this guide provides advice on making the programme accessible for children and young people with learning disabilities. The guide is organised into sections on "What we did" and "What we learned" and covers the following areas: getting started, activities, evaluation, session examples and resources. It is aimed at all professionals working with children and young people with learning disabilities in education, health and the voluntary and community sector. (Original abstract)

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Thinking ahead: improving support for people with learning disabilities and their families to plan for the future

Author:
TOWERS Christine
Publisher:
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
28
Place of publication:
London

In the next 20 years, the number of people with learning disabilities aged 65+ is predicted to double. The greatest increase in life expectancy will be in people with mild learning disabilities who will have a comparable life expectancy with those in the general population of a similar socio-economic group. Therefore, families with people with learning disabilities will need to plan for their future care. The Thinking Ahead project aims to raise awareness about these concerns with policy-makers, local authority managers in social care and housing, carers’ organisations and more widely in the community. This report presents the findings of a survey about families' level of worry about the future, and how much help they have had in planning for a future when they will not around to support or care for a son or daughter with learning disabilities. The report also outlines findings from workshops and the development of a planning guide and its content. It recommends that policy and guidance on supporting people with learning disabilities and their families need to include statements on the importance of planning for the future, with requirements for local services to have a clear system to ensure future plans are developed. (Original abstract)

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