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For professionals working with learning disabilities, there are many pieces of legislation, policy and practice to understand, and a wealth of guidance available to assist with this.

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014

Serious Case Review Child I & Child M

Exclusive factsheet: In the Know - Dementia and Learning Disabilities

In the Know – Fact sheet 1: Dementia and people with learning difficulties – some basic problems
This clear, accessible pack will be of particular interest to direct care staff, carers and other practitioners in the care field. This clear, accessible pack will be of particular interest to direct care staff, carers, nurses, and other practitioners in the care fieldIn the Know has been developed to try and help anyone trying to support a person with learning disabilities who develops dementia. The pack contains a series of easily accessible, straightforward, practical and realistic guidance to help anyone supporting someone with learning disabilities and dementia to provide good quality care. It is arranged in three sections: background, factsheets and tools. Each of these sections is designed to be used alone or together with other parts of the pack. The factsheet cover the following: dementia and people with learning disabilities; getting a diagnosis; communicating with people with dementia; life story work; challenging behaviour; developing suitable environments; supporting people to eat well; the later stages; supporting people to eat well; the later stages; supporting the friends and peers of the person with dementiaThe tools include: brain diagram; alert signs; differential diagnosis chart; an example of a diagnostic care pathway; dos and don'ts; charter for good practice in life story work; strategies to deal with effectively with challenging behaviour.The pack is the result of many years of research and practice by a multidisciplinary group of academic researchers, trainers and practitioners working with people with learning disabilities who develop dementia, and with their staff, family and friends.To buy you copy of In the Know click here 

Exclusive extract: Intellectual Disabilities and Personality Disorder by Zillah Webb

Exclusive extract: Guided Self-help for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Anxiety and Depression

 Guided Self-help for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Anxiety and Depression – Mental Health Problems leaflet for service users
This resource assumes no previous knowledge of mental health issues or guided self-help and can be facilitated by health professionals, graduates and those supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities. Individuals with intellectual disabilities and anxiety and/or depression can use the SAINT resource on their own or supported by healthcare professionals or paraprofessionals e.g. a graduate mental health worker or community mental health nurse; GPs and other primary care staff e.g. psychological well-being practitioners, staff from community or inpatient mental health services e.g. psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, intellectual disability teams, community support workers, staff in residential placements or day centre workers.The use of guided self-help for people with intellectual disabilities to treat depression and/or anxiety is in its infancy. The SAINT (Self-Assessment and INTervention) is the first resource to be made commonly available which has been developed specifically for people with intellectual disabilities. Using colour photographs and easy read text, the SAINT offers a structured and accessible way to deliver guided self-help with this population. By using a daily diary, clients can learn to recognise their emotions and develop ways to cope with them.This facilitator manual explores the role of guided self help, its evidence base and its role in treating anxiety and depression. It details the development of the SAINT and the rationale for its use, and offers experiences from individuals who have used it in their own lives. The manual will help a facilitator to prepare for sessions with a client who is using the SAINT.
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Enabling Parenting with Support: Effective working with parents with learning disabilities

 Enabling Parenting with Support: Effective working with parents with learning disabilities by Deborah Chinn – Introduction
This handbook will be of interest to trainers and managers in learning disability, safeguarding teams, frontline workers in learning disability and children’s services.Raising children is never easy, and for those with learning difficulties things can be even harder, not because of intellectual impairments directly but due to a range of factors including poor housing, poverty, harassment, limited access to information, impoverished social networks and having to deal with complex and inflexible service systems. And yet, with the right support, people with learning difficulties can make excellent parents.This training pack is designed to ensure that that support is there, that it is the best support available, and that parents with learning disabilities are equipped with the skills they need to protect their children and to give them the best possible start in life.The pack will meet the training needs of a range of staff by covering the available evidence base, taking into account the perspectives of parents with learning disabilities and professionals, and by complying with current frameworks for working with families.Using a range of effective learning techniques, it aims to directly enhance the skills of staff who work with parents with learning disabilities in a number of key areas including assessment, communication and teaching parenting skills.To buy your copy click here 

Exclusive Extract: Delicious Conversations by Phoebe Caldwell

 Delicious Conversations by Phoebe Caldwell – Chapter 1: Introduction
This handbook will be of interest to health and social care workers, personal assistants, service staff and managers, family members, individuals supporting people on the autistic spectrum and anyone with an interest in the nature of affective communication.Phoebe Caldwell offers us her personal insights into how we can experience intimacy with those on the autistic spectrum, based on years of experience working in the field. The book deals not only with ways of working in a professional context but also takes a more general look at the nature of affective communication and how we can learn to ‘read’ other people by recognising our subconscious reactions to their body language.Autism is a condition characterised by aloneness, separation and inward focus. Through her compelling reflections Caldwell shows us that by tuning in to our partners’ body language we can not only communicate with people with autism but also share an emotional connection, helping to combat the isolating nature of autistic spectrum conditions.Caldwell offers practical advice for ways that we can tap into our intuitive minds and share an intimate connection with our communication partners, building a dialogue that does not rely on speech but makes use of all of our senses. Using examples from her own experience Caldwell emphasises that these techniques can help to alleviate the distress that may be at the route of stereotypic behaviours, by communicating with people on their own terms and in their own ‘language’
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