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Arson treatment programmes for offenders with disability: a systematic review of the literature

Authors:
CURTIS Ashlee, McVILLY Keith, DAY Andrew
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 3(4), 2012, pp.196-205.
Publisher:
Emerald

A systematic review of the literature was undertaken in order to identify and evaluate treatment for adult fire setters with an intellectual disability. The review also took into account programmes for fire setters in the wider population, including those for children and adolescents, given that such research might also inform the development of programmes for offenders with an intellectual disability. Only four studies which evaluated treatment programmes specifically for arsonists with an intellectual disability were identified. Although each of these studies reported a reduction in fire-setting behaviour following programme completion, all employed relatively weak research designs. An additional 12 studies investigating programmes for arsonists without intellectual disability were also identified. It is concluded that there is a lack of evidence regarding treatment programme outcomes for arsonists with an intellectual disability. The extent to which such programmes can be adapted to suit adult offenders with an intellectual disability is discussed, with recommendations made for the design and evaluation of arson treatment programmes for offenders with intellectual disabilities. (Edited publisher abstract)

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The effectiveness of sensory integration therapy to improve functional behaviour in adults with learning disabilities: five single-case experimental designs

Authors:
URWIN Rosalind, BALLINGER Claire
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(2), February 2005, pp.56-66.
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists

Describes a research project using a single-case experimental design (A-B-A) aiming to explore the impact of sensory integration therapy (SIT) on level of engagement and maladaptive behaviour (measured through timed scores) and function (using Goal Attainment Scaling, GAS) for 5 learning disabled adults with tactile sensory modulation disorder. Each phase lasted 4 weeks and consisted of 24 measurements. Individually tailored SIT was given twice weekly for 4 weeks during the intervention phase (B), immediately prior to each individual's participation in his or her prescribed horticulture task. The changes between phases in engagement, maladaptive behaviours and function scores, measured as the difference between baselines and intervention, were analysed visually and statistically for each participant. The intervention produced significant improvements in engagement for participant 4, with a highly significant deterioration in scores for all 5 on withdrawal of SIT. All participants' maladaptive behaviour decreased significantly on the introduction of SIT. Although there was no significant change to GAS scores for 4 participants, participant 4's score improved significantly with SIT, whose withdrawal resulted in highly significant deterioration in GAS scores for participants 1, 2, 4 and 5. This study may be the first to suggest that SIT is effective in improving functional performance in adults with a learning disability with a tactile sensory modulation disorder.

Journal article

Art therapy and learning disability

Author:
KUCZAJ Ed
Journal article citation:
Mencap News, 45, June 1994, pp.12-13.

Describes how art therapy can help people with learning disabilities.

Journal article

Physiotherapy in learning disability

Author:
FRASER Rita
Journal article citation:
Mencap News, 45, June 1994, pp.4-5.

Shows how physiotherapy can be used with people with learning difficulties.

Journal article

A multi-sensory experience

Author:
AYRES Mike
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 64, May 1994, pp.9-11.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Describes the theory and practice of multi-sensory environments such as snoezelen rooms for people with special needs.

Journal article

Snoezelen - your questions answered?

Author:
CAVET Judith
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 7(3), January 1994, p.26.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Looks at the background to the development of multi-sensory environments such as snoezelen. Provides a checklist of other options which should be looked at first.

Journal article

Non-aversive and mildly aversive procedures for reducing problem behaviours in people with developmental disorders: a review

Authors:
LANCIONI Giulio E., HOOGEVEEN Frans
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap Research, 3(2), 1990, pp.137-160.
Publisher:
BIMH Publications

During the last few years, great concern has been expressed about the use of aversive procedures for reducing deviant behaviours in people with developmental disorders. Given this situation, the role of non-aversive and mildly aversive procedures has become increasingly relevant. Reviews such procedures with regard to their outcomes, the characteristics of people treatment, and the deviant behaviours involved, based on studies published during the last 15 years.

Journal article

Dog phobia in people with mental handicaps : anxiety management training and exposure treatments

Authors:
LINDSAY William R., et al
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap Research, 1(1), 1988, pp.39-48.
Publisher:
BIMH Publications
Book

Achieving high quality community based services for people with learning disabilities in the South West: notes from a workshop for officers leading the process of implementation

Author:
SOUTH WESTERN REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY
Publisher:
South Western Regional Health Authority
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
76p. + appendices, diags.
Place of publication:
Bristol
Journal article

The support needs of learning disability nurse facilitators of sex offender treatment programmes: a discussion

Author:
SMITH Keeley
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 7(2), 2016, pp.94-102.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: The role of the learning disability (LD) nurse has developed and expanded significantly within recent years, especially their responsibility for delivering a variety of specialist treatment programmes. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the facilitation of Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTP) and the issues this raises in providing support for LD nurses. Design/methodology/approach: This is an opinion paper and the views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organisation or group with which the author is affiliated. The aims of this paper are: first, to explore the support needs of the LD nurse facilitators of SOTPs; second, to consider the practical implications of providing clinical supervision and support for LD nurse facilitators of SOTPs; and third, to highlight the need for further research in this area. Findings: This paper does not contain original research findings but offers a discussion of the support needs of the LD nurse who facilitate SOTP, concentrating on the specific themes of training, clinical supervision and support. Implications for clinical practice are identified and recommendations for further research are made. (Edited publisher abstract)

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