A comprehensive and practical resource for all speech and language therapists and students. This book covers all aspects of working with this client group. Written by the author of the hugely successful Talkabout this book covers:
An introduction to learning disability
Assessment of clients and their environments
Profound and multiple disability
Augmentative and alternative communication
Each section gives the reader a theoretical background of the subject under discussion, practical suggestions and formats for assessment, a guide to intervention as well as a clear and worked-out example. In addition, the author addresses staff training, group therapy, accessing the criminal justice system and working with a multi-disciplinary team.
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"I was delighted to review such a practical book...each assessment is complemented by a worked example which assists the less experienced SLT...it is reasonable without being patronising...I commend it to all SLTs working in ALD as a valuable resource." - Bulletin "This book is aimed at speech and language clinicians but may be useful to other professionals working with learning disabilities. In trying to achieve reader accessibility, the book moves from complicated theories to simplistic descriptions. Some chapters may also be useful for unqualified staff...this book is useful for those who have little experience of working with people with learning disabilities."- Ruth Warner, Learning Disability Nurse, Nursing & Residential Care "I am looking to using it in my work place (a residential home for the mentally handicapped)" - Antoinette Loenen, Dutch Educational Psychologist
Alex Kelly (nee Hitchings) qualified from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1985 and has since worked predominantly with adults with a learning disability. She co-authored the Personal Communication Plan (PCP) 1991, and has since revised it for inclusion in the present volume, and in 1996 authored Talkabout, a popular social skills package for people with learning disabilities. Alex currently works in Southampton on the West Specialist Health Care team for adults with learning disabilities.