Working Towards Independence: A Practical Guide to Teaching People with Learning Disabilities

Working Towards Independence: A Practical Guide to Teaching People with Learning Disabilities


By (author) Janet Carr, By (author) Suzan Collins


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  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853021407
  • ISBN 13: 9781853021404
  • Illustrations note: appendices, references
  • Sales rank: 1,281,937

Product description

'If there were a bestseller list for practical books relating to behavioural methods of teaching people with learning disabilities, then the works of Janet Carr would justifiably occupy the top places. At a time when more people with learning disabilities are living in the community and access to personnel trained in psychological approaches to care is scanty, [this book] is welcome and needed. I'm sure that I'll be recommending it to carers for many years to come.' - Nursing Standard 'The theory is explained in simple jargon-free terms and is made very digestible by the numerous practical examples provided throughout. The book is clearly laid out, well organised and very readable.' - Communication 'This publication must surely be of great help to everyone involved in this specialised field.' - Disability News The authors describe, in non-technical language, the application of behavioural psychology to the teaching, care and development of adults with learning disabilities. It is the first text which provides both a theoretical background and well described examples for practical, hands-on work specifically with adults. Most chapters end with questions that can be used to help readers revise what they have read or to act as the basis for discussion. The appendices include possible answers to the questions, and lists of useful resources and references.

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Author information

Janet Carr was a Top Grade Clinical Psychologist and Regional Tutor in the Psychology of Mental and Multiple Handicap in the Department of Psychology, St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London. Suzanne Collins is a Top Grade Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities with Cambridge Health Authority.

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Looking at Behaviour. 3. Assessment and Goal Planning 4. Giving Encouragement. 5. Points, Stars and Tokens. 6. Ways of Teaching. 7. Coping with Unwanted Behaviours. 8. Recording and Presenting Data. 9. Washing and Dressing. 10. Eating and Toileting. 11. Home Management. 12. Travel Skills. 13. Going to Work. 14. Social Competence. 15. Disturbed and Problem Behaviours: Some Special Examples. 16. Persisting. Appendices. Resources and Useful Addresses. References.