Losing a loved one and coping with the subsequent adjustments that follow are a difficult fact of life, but people with learning disabilities face specific difficulties in processing and managing these changes. Adopting an integrative approach, this book acknowledges the importance of helping relationships in supporting this vulnerable group through periods of loss and bereavement.
The author explains how to engage the person with a learning disability in talking therapy by creating an open dialogue. Common signs of stress, factors to consider in assessing risk and advice on how best to approach difficult subjects are presented. The role of supervision in counselling and issues surrounding terminal illness are also discussed, and practical solutions offered.
Professionals working in the field of learning disabilities, such as counsellors, therapists, carers and health and social care students will find this informed guide beneficial in communicating and supporting people with learning disabilities.
Robin Grey is a counsellor and psychotherapist working with adults with learning disabilities, and people with disabilities and long term health conditions. Robin has supported adults with learning disabilities in day care, residential and college settings for over 20 years.
There are so few books on this very important subject, so it is wonderful to see anew publication. Robin Grey is a new voice amid the small group of practitioners and researchers who have been working in recent years to highlight and address some of the complexities of supporting people with learning disabilities through bereavement.
The book is written by an experienced practitioner who has firsthand experience of this issue. It is accessible and welcoming to readers who may be put off by more academic texts. Its aim is very clearly to guide others supporting bereaved people with learning disabilities.
Bereavement Care, Noelle Blackman, Deputy chief executive, Respond
Robin Grey's book is rooted in his practical experience working in day and residential services for people with learning disabilities... While I am very familiar with these ideas, Grey writes about them in a straightforward, helpful and concise manner.
The book provides in depth information on the impact of loss and how this affects all aspects of an individual's life... The case studies provide practical examples and the key points at the end of each chapter assist with emphasising the main messages... There is practical advice for professionals and carers on how to discuss the impact of loss and bereavement with individuals with learning disabilities, including ways to communicate and the use of simple, clear and unambiguous language. The book also addresses the impact of loss for adults with autism and those who have additional communication needs which is particularly useful... The book would be a practical resource for occupational therapists, support staff and students.
College of Occupational Therapists Section for Learning Disability