Focus on Parents and Children with Learning Disabilities
IN THIS ISSUE:
Author: Sue Robb
Description: Sue Robb outlines how mothers and fathers of children are being given more power to help their children with learning disabilities have a fulfilling life.
Author: Wendy Ewins
Description: There are increasing numbers of women with learning disabilities choosing to start a family. ntenatal education provides parents with a network of people with whom they can share experiences, concerns and solutions, and who they can observe in their parenting roles. This may have a positive impact and influence on their own parenting
Description writer: Birth and Parent Educator and Joint Commissioner, Wolverhampton Joint Commissioning Unit, UK
Author: Fiona Glenn, Debbie Braybrook,
Description: Parents of children with chronic illnesses or disabilities face multiple pressures which combine to leave them with little time for themselves, other siblings or their relationship, and therefore, can have a detrimental impact on themselves and their children.
Description writer: Fiona Glenn on behalf of One Plus One
Debbie Braybrook, OnePlusOne Researcher.
Author: Erica Brown
Description: Grandparents have been referred to as experiencing ‘dual’ or double grief when a grandchild is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. As parents in their own right, they mourn for their adult child’s loss, as well as living with the tragedy of their grandchild’s diagnosis and early death.
Description writer: Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, University of Worcester, UK
Author: Rachel Cox, Biza Stenfert, Ali McGarry
Description: There continues to be a powerful myth that adults with Intellectual Disabilities cannot learn new skills, therefore will never be able to learn how to parent. This is not the case. Research has demonstrated no strong correlation between IQ and parenting ability and with the correct type of support, people with ID can and do learn new skills and can parent successfully
Description writer: Rachel Cox Consultant Clinical Psychologist, South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS FT, Specialist Learning Disabilities Health Team, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, UK
Biza Stenfert Kroese Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
Ali McGarry Clinical Psychologist, Learning Disability Psychology Service, Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, UK
Author: Graham F Welch, Adam Ockelford
Description: Music can be used both to foster musical development in children and young people with learning difficulties whilst, at the same time, promoting their emotional, social, cognitive and physical wellbeing.
Description writer: Graham F Welch UCL Institute of Education, London
Adam Ockelford University of Roehampton, London
Author: Sarah Helps, Nancy Sheppard
Description: Autistic spectrum conditions (ASCs) are a group of conditions which impair aspects of social communication and interaction. Our clinical team works in London, UK, with families of children and adults who have received a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and those with other neurodevelopmental disorders or learning disabilities
Description writer: Sarah Helps Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist, The Tavistock Clinic, London
Nancy Sheppard Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Tavistock Clinic, Londoninic, London
Author: Carolyn Pape Cowan
Philip A. Cowan
Description: This article describes the evolution and evaluation of a parent education program. The authors’ intention is that this evidence-based approach to working with mothers and fathers as co-parents, and emphasizing fathers’ family involvement, can broaden the definition of what should be included in parent education programs.
Description writer: Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan University of California, Berkeley, USA
Author: Lucy Draper
Description: ‘Parents as Partners’ is a 16-session group intervention for couples and co-parents, designed to strengthen their relationship and enhance their co-operation as parents.
Description writer: Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships
Author: Nina Smith
Description: ‘Antenatal education’ in a formal sense, delivered to individuals or groups either by health professionals or private practitioners, is a very modern phenomenon. Its origins go back not much more than 100 years. Midwives, health visitors, doctors, physiotherapists and a myriad of antenatal, prenatal and childbirth educators from different traditions and backgrounds have promoted and delivered it.
Description writer: Childbirth Educator