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Supporting parents with learning disabilities and difficulties: a starting point

Author:
DISABILITY, PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD INTERNATIONAL
Publisher:
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
44p.
Place of publication:
London

Of an estimated 53,000 parents with a learning disability in England, around half will face the family courts, and the removal of their children from their care. Yet when parents' individual support needs are addressed, many are able to successfully develop parenting skills and care for their own children. However, professionals are often ill equipped to provide the support needed. This booklet is aimed at professionals and students who work with parents with a learning disability. It contains a brief introduction to some of the issues faced by this group of parents, along with a collection of resources and contacts. These include: national organisations, websites and contacts that can provide further information; local projects and services; accessible information for parents; tools, guidance and resources for professionals; and further reading for professionals.

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Support for fathers of learning disabled children

Author:
GORE Nick
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 11.3.10, 2010, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Research into the positive roles that fathers of children with learning disabilities can provided is explored. The article highlights the findings from a 2006 study from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and a 2009 survey of 250 fathers of children with learning disabilities.

Journal article

When a parent dies

Author:
JULIAN George
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, September 2008, pp.32-34.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Existing research has shown a relationship between bereavement or loss of a family member and the onset of challenging behaviours and the deterioration of mental health in people with learning disabilities. This study sought to explore the symptoms of complicated grief among people with learning disabilities, and the relationship between complicated grief and bereavement. The findings suggest that it is not enough only to support people when a bereavement occurs, but that it is beneficial to prepare people with learning disabilities in advance of bereavement.

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Effective support for parents with a learning disability and their children: seminar held at National Children's Bureau, 7 December 2007

Author:
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BUREAU
Publisher:
National Children's Bureau
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
London

NCB Social Inclusion Department seminar notes More and more people with a learning disability are choosing to become parents yet between 40-60% of them will at some stage have their children taken away from them.

Book

Nonverbal learning disabilities at home: a parent's guide

Author:
TANGUAY Pamela
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
267p.,list of orgs.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Proposes the existence of non-verbal learning disability, a syndrome in which verbal abilities are unaffected but there may be problems with social, spatial or motor skills. Provides practical advice on child-rearing for parents who believe their child may be affected.

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.

Book

I want to be a good parent: book 4; children need to be safe

Author:
MCGAW Sue
Publisher:
British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
11p.,illus.
Place of publication:
Kidderminster

Illustrated booklet about keeping children safe, aimed at parents with learning difficulties.

Book

Facing the future: making plans for the care of someone with a learning disability

Authors:
LEWYCKA Marina, MARES Penny
Publisher:
MENCAP
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
63p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Rotherham

Aimed at parents of children with learning disabilities who want to plan for the future. Provides information on social services and the role of MENCAP. Explains why it is important to make a will, and other legal arrangements. Gives advice on how to make the system work.

Journal article

Generic family support services: are parents with learning disability cared for?

Author:
LLEWELLYN Gwynnyth
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap Research, 7(1), 1994, pp.64-77.
Publisher:
BIMH Publications

Reviews the provision of training provision for parents with learning disability in New South Wales.

Book

Working with parents of young children with disabilities

Authors:
WEBSTER Elizabeth J., WARD Louise M
Publisher:
Singular Publishing
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
131p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
San Diego, CA

Practical text focusing on the families of children with disabilities, and their initial and continuing reactions and strategies for coping.

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