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Working with People with Learning Disabilities

Working with People with Learning Disabilities

Honor Woods | David Thomas


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A comprehensive introduction to working with people with learning disabilities, this guide provides the theoretical understanding needed to inform good practice and to help improve the quality of life of people within this group. Using accessible language and case examples, the authors discuss both psychological and practical theories, including:

* person-centred and behavioural approaches

* anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive approaches

* systems theory

* task centred approach

* role theory.

Emphasising empowerment and inclusion of those with learning disabilities, they relate theory to issues such as loss and bereavement, sexuality and social stigma. They also provide guidance for practitioners on social policy and legislation and explore crisis intervention, values and ethics, advocacy and joint agency work, making this an extremely useful resource for social workers, nurses, teachers care workers and others working with people with learning disabilities.

Readers of this Journal will find the book of value in helping them to understand the social model of care and gain a sound awareness of the strategies, potential dilemmas and barriers to effective practice.
Children, Young People and Families
David Thomas is a qualified social worker and accredited practice teacher experienced in working with people with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs within the voluntary, statutory and health sectors. Honor Woods is a qualified social worker with over eighteen years' experience within adult services and, in particular, with people with learning disabilities. She is an accredited practice teacher.
This is a straightforward and accessible text and an invaluable resource to people with limited experience of working with adults with learning disability. It would also be beneficial as a reference book for experienced occupational therapists who wish to improve their knowledge on different learning disability theories.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
The style is user friendly, with many telling vignettes to illustrate practical points of intervention and support. Valuable to students and those practising in the field who wish to update their approaches to the people and families with whom they work.
British Journal of Developmental Disabilities
This book is written in clear and understandable language, examples from practice, illustrating the theory are of additional help
Wspolne Tematy