Help people with intellectual disabilities improve their mental health and quality of life
More about the book
Using a developmental perspective, the authors offer a new, integrated model for supporting people with intellectual disability (ID). This concept builds upon recent advances in attachment-informed approaches, by drawing upon a broader understanding of the social, emotional, and cognitive competencies of people with ID, which is grounded in developmental neuroscience and psychology. The book explores in detail how challenging behaviour and mental health difficulties in people with ID arise when their basic emotional needs are not being met by those in the environment. Using individually tailored interventions, which complement existing models of care, practitioners can help to facilitate maturational processes and reduce behaviour that is challenging to others. As a result, the “fit” of a person within his or her individual environment can be improved. Case examples throughout the book illuminate how this approach works by targeting interventions towards the person’s stage of emotional development.
This book will be of interest to a wide range of professionals working with people with ID, including: clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, learning disability nurses, speech and language therapists, and teachers in special education settings, as well as parents and caregivers.
Praise for the book
“Emotional development in people with intellectual disabilities is a neglected area. Through clear theoretical explanation, the development of a reliable and valid assessment via the Scale of Emotional Development (SED), and detailed case examples, the authors of this book demonstrate how emotional development can be measured, understood, and enacted into social care and clinical intervention programmes. They bring a person’s stage of emotional development to the fore in understanding mental health and behavioural concerns in people with intellectual disabilities. This clear, scientifically rigorous and practical approach has the potential to radically improve our care of this most deserving group of people. I cannot recommend it more highly to professionals working in the field.”
Allan Skelly, PhD, PsychD, AFBPS, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Gateshead, UK & Former Chair of The Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities, British Psychological Society
“This book will transform services for people with intellectual disabilities (IDs) considered challenging or who are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. We know now that most distressed or disturbed adults with IDs have had multiple adverse childhood experiences that underlie lasting impairments: affect dysregulation, structural dissociation, somatic dysregulation, impaired self-development, and disorganised attachment. Staff and families can help to coregulate such chaotic emotions, but only if they understand each person’s emotional world. This book explains eight domains of socioemotional development; how to assess them; and how to translate that knowledge into useful practice. Anyone concerned to make ID services truly trauma-informed should read it, use it, and talk about it everywhere.”
Jennifer Clegg, PhD, DipClinPsych, DipFT; Professor at La Trobe University, Australia
“As a clinician and academic I am pleased that the present book is providing a much needed new direction in our therapeutic perspective of challenging or problem behaviours. It will contribute to opening up novel pathways of conceptualising and tackling such major mental health problems in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Angela Hassiotis, PhD, UCL Division of Psychiatry, University College London, UK
“I am delighted to see the years of work of Sappok and her colleagues come together in a book. The way this book is written and presented has made their academic research and clinical work accessible to a much wider audience. They describe and illustrate their empirically developed approach to reducing behaviours that challenge and to improve psychological wellbeing and mental health for people who have intellectual disabilities. This makes the book very accessible. The “in a nutshell” sections are particularly helpful. The book is full of ideas and resources to help readers develop therapeutic solutions that are fully informed by the person’s emotional development and needs.”
Nigel Beail, Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK; Consultant and Professional Lead for Psychological Services, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley, UK