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physical and learning disabilities

Autism is usually identified in children at around age 3. Getting the right support early can help the child to live well with the condition.

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: 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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