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Journal article

Sounds of silence: narrative research with inarticulate subjects

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, BOOTH Wendy
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 11(1), March 1996, pp.55-69.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Addresses the challenge of using narrative methods with people who have learning difficulties. Such informants present four particular interviews problems: inarticulateness; unresponsiveness; a concrete frame of reference; and difficulties with the concept of time. The authors focus on the first two of these problems and argue that neither of them constitutes an insuperable barrier to people telling their story. Drawing on detailed interview material from an informant with learning difficulties, the authors set out to show in practical terms how these problems might be tackled, emphasising in particular the importance of being attentive to what goes unsaid. Concludes that researchers should put more emphasis on overcoming the barriers that impede the involvement of inarticulate subjects in narrative research instead of dwelling on their limitations as informants.

Journal article

People First celebrate their success stories

Authors:
BOOTH Wendy, BOOTH Tim
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 7(2), October 1993, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Reports on the Third International Conference of the People First movement, held in Toronto in June, which attracted 1400 self-advocates and their supporters from 32 countries.

Journal article

Whose terms?

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, SIMONS Ken
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 5.10.89, 1989, pp.19-22.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Considers the debate of the usage of mental handicap/learning disability, and how people with learning difficulties/mental handicap perceive themselves and how they would like others to see them.

Journal article

Parenting with learning difficulties: lessons for practitioners

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, BOOTH Wendy
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 23(5), October 1993, pp.459-480.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Parents with learning difficulties form an underserved needs group whose numbers are steadily increasing and are likely to continue to do so as a result of deinstitutionalisation, community care and the acceptance of 'ordinary life' principles as a basis of service provision. This paper reviews the research literature on parenting by people with learning difficulties in order to draw out the lessons for practitioners and to assist them in developing a clearer view of their aims and approach when working with these families. Case vignettes from an ongoing study of mothers and fathers with learning difficulties are used to illustrate the common themes. The authors conclude that service providers still have much to learn about how best they can secure and uphold the citizenship rights of these parents as well as protect the welfare of these children.

Journal article

Practice in sexuality

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, BOOTH Wendy
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap, 20(2), June 1992, pp.64-69.
Publisher:
British Institute of Mental Handicap

Reviews policy statements and guidelines on sexuality and people with learning difficulties produced by SSDs and other agencies.

Journal article

Step by step autonomy

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, et al
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 25.7.91, 1991, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

The Kirklees Relocation Project has been analysing the impact of community care policies on mentally handicapped people, and has found a preference among users for environments that maximise their independence.

Book

Outward bound: relocation and community care for people with learning difficulties

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, SIMONS Ken, BOOTH Wendy
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
206p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Milton Keynes

Examines the experiences of two groups of people, one moving from long-stay hospitals to locally-based hostels and the other from hostels into independent living accommodation in the communities. Feelings of staff, families and movers are explored.

Journal article

Self-advocacy and supported learning for mothers with learning difficulties

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, BOOTH Wendy
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities, 7(2), June 2003, pp.165-193.
Publisher:
Sage

This article describes the work of the Supported Learning Project (SLP). The SLP was a DfEE ACLF funded programme designed to provide personal support and development in self-advocacy to mothers with learning difficulties. The authors provide an account of the project, an overview of the learning gains made by the mothers and the obstacles to progress they encountered, and an evaluation of the project's success in achieving its intended aims. The article concludes with a discussion of the transferable lessons that emerged from working with this hard-to-reach group of excluded mothers.

Book

Advocacy for parents with learning difficulties: developing advocacy support

Authors:
BOOTH Wendy, BOOTH Tim
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
79p.
Place of publication:
Brighton

Describes the work of Parents Together, a pioneering action research project, which set out to support parents with learning difficulties in ways that were non stigmatising, non intrusive, and responsive to their own experience. Used an advocacy approach to challenge discriminatory views of parents' competence and lighten the load on families by reducing the environmental pressures that undermined them. Combines a full account and evaluation of the project with detailed practice guidance.

Journal article

Not so ordinary childhoods

Authors:
BOOTH Wendy, BOOTH Tim
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 10(4), April 1997, pp.12-14.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Very little is known about the long term outcomes for children brought up by parents with learning difficulties. The authors discuss the results of their research which shows that children were not significantly disadvantaged and that where there were difficulties it was often the result of a lack of external support.

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