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Journal article

The sound of silence

Author:
GEORGE Mike
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 20.7.95, 1995, p.10.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Research has shown that large numbers of adults with learning difficulties have severe hearing impairments, which are going undetected by practitioners. Investigates why hearing problems are not being picked up.

Journal article

Empathy

Author:
BRANDON David
Journal article citation:
Care Weekly, 23.3.95, 1995, p.15.

Argues that we may have to examine our own emotions and behaviours before we can hope to understand those of people with learning difficulties.

Journal article

What do we mean by 'community'?

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 8(3), January 1995, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Looks at the different meanings of community and argues that village communities do not provide benefits for people with learning difficulties.

Book

Social skills for people with learning disabilities: a social capability approach

Authors:
BURTON Mark, KAGAN Carolyn, CLEMENTS Pat
Publisher:
Chapman and Hall
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
345p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Provides a practical framework for social skills training for people with learning difficulties, based on social and psychological principles and drawing on positive values. Also offers exercises and methods on topics such as: relationships; communities and social networks; social skill and social competence; increasing competencies; and evaluating change.

Book

Face to face: communicating with people who do not use language

Author:
PUDDICOMBE Bill
Publisher:
Values into Action
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
39p.
Place of publication:
London

Looks at the problems raised by lack of communication, dealing specifically with people with learning difficulties who do not use language. Suggests positive ways of working with and communicating with this user group.

Journal article

The pattern of alcohol consumption within a sample of mentally handicapped people in Tayside

Authors:
LAWRENCE Helen, LINDSAY William R., WALKER Phyllis
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap Research, 8(1), 1995, pp.54-59.
Publisher:
BIMH Publications

The drinking pattern occurring amongst people with learning difficulties in Dundee was investigated. The main conclusions are that fewer individuals actually reported drinking alcohol and fewer weekly units are consumed, than is found in the general population. A need for general alcohol education was identified since only one-third of the sample appreciated the potential dangers associated with alcohol and none knew, specifically, what these dangers might be.

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A literature review of services for mentally disordered offenders

Author:
DREWETT Alison
Publisher:
University of Leicester. Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
57p
Place of publication:
Leicester

The Health of the Nation document (1992) identified services for mentally disordered offenders (MDOs) as a priority problem. It is against this background that Leicestershire Health has asked for a literature review of services for this client category in order to inform the commissioning process. This review is chiefly concerned with the overall pattern of services which should be available for MDOs and does not include material specific to the technical skills of the various professionals who provide help for MDOs. For example, there is no discussion of the sorts of therapies which can be used for different sorts of offenders. It is assumed that such information will form part of individual professionals' own skills. Information is not given on specific client categories, such as women, ethnic minorities and people with learning disabilities, or on consumer views.

Journal article

Computer technology: bane or blessing?

Author:
TAYLOR Jennifer
Journal article citation:
Soundtrack, 6., November 1995, p.4.
Publisher:
National Development Team

Technology is increasingly seen as the answer for staff working with people with high support needs, exemplified by the costly, hi-tech Snoezelen room where individuals are exposed to a range of sensory, tactile and auditory stimuli. But in our search for ways of helping people with severe disabilities to learn and communicate is this the best use of often limited resources. Suggests that computer technology can offer more valued opportunities for work and relaxation, provided we go about it in the right way.

Journal article

Learning in action

Author:
TAYLOR Paul
Journal article citation:
Soundtrack, 6, November 1995, p.10.
Publisher:
National Development Team

The National Development Team (NDT) has been setting a network of Action Learning Sets of people wanting to learn more about Supported Living and develop it where they live and work.

Journal article

Rethinking partnerships between parents and professionals

Author:
MITTLER Peter
Journal article citation:
Children and Society, 9(3), October 1995, pp.22-40.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The article was adapted from a keynote address to the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability and the National Council on Intellectual Disability, Fremantle, Western Australia, October 1994. Reappraises the relationship between families and professionals in the field of intellectual learning disability after a study by Members of an International Year of the Family Task Force established by the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap. Summarises some directions for change.

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