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Bell, Dorothy M.; Turnbull, Allyson; Kidd, W. Bruce – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
Assessment for a diagnosis of dementia is hard enough under the best possible conditions. There are possible alternative or concomitant diagnoses, such as depression, to consider. However, when the possible dementia concerns a gentleman with severe learning disabilities and with a severe communication disorder then this assessment becomes even…
Descriptors: Dementia, Mental Retardation, Foreign Countries, Clinical Diagnosis
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Bell, Dorothy M.; Cameron, Lois – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2008
This article presents the case of a woman with mild learning disability and with good verbal and expressive language ability. However, she was unable to explore verbally with her clinical psychologist issues concerning her low mood and to discuss strategies to address this. Talking Mats provided a low-tech communication framework to help the woman…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Expressive Language, Language Aptitude, Verbal Ability
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Bell, Dorothy M. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2005
A case example is used to illustrate ways of adapting service provision for a range of difficulties to suit a person with learning disabilities and also where there may be limited access due to a remote and rural location.
Descriptors: Adults, Learning Disabilities, Rural Areas, Geographic Isolation
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Bell, Dorothy M.; Espie, Colin A. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2003
A woman with Down syndrome, who had shown selective mutism for more than 14 years, successfully participated in a program designed to reinforce communication and gradually increase the number of words spoken to one person and then to others. Nonaversive behavior methods were used and response initiative procedures were developed. (Contains…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Case Studies, Communication Skills
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Bell, Dorothy M.; Espie, Colin A. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2002
People with learning disabilities who also exhibit challenging behaviour live in a social context that should be considered in order to understand and deal with their behaviours. This context includes the characteristics of staff members, and their satisfaction with the whole culture and environment in which they work. The social context will also…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Males, Employee Attitudes