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Codd, Jon; Hewitt, Olivia – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2021
Background: Transition to adulthood is an important time for young people and may be a particularly challenging time for people with intellectual disabilities. However, there has been little research in the UK regarding the experiences of parents who have son or daughter with an intellectual disability transitioning to adulthood. Method: The study…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Parent Attitudes
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Giannaki, Rengina; Hewitt, Olivia – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2021
Background: Existing studies show mixed results of the effectiveness of CBT for people with learning disabilities and anxiety. Method: A CBT group was run for people with learning disabilities and anxiety, who attended with a supporter. Qualitative interviews were conducted post-group and analysed using thematic analysis. Standardised…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Cognitive Restructuring, Group Therapy, Learning Disabilities
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Hewitt, Olivia; Atkinson-Jones, Katherine; Gregory, Hannah; Hollyman, Jonathan – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2019
Background: This paper reports quantitative and qualitative follow-up data from three participants who attended a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group for people with an intellectual disability. Materials and Methods: Quantitative data regarding psychological well-being, psychological distress (measured using the Psychological Therapies…
Descriptors: Therapy, Outcomes of Treatment, Followup Studies, Intellectual Disability
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Atkinson-Jones, Katherine; Hewitt, Olivia – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2019
Background: Social and communication impairments are a core diagnostic feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and can act as a barrier to developing relationships. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2016) guidelines recommend group social skills interventions as the first-line treatment to help adults with ASD improve their…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Intervention, Group Activities
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Crossland, Tom; Hewitt, Olivia; Walden, Sarah – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2017
Background: A growing body of evidence supports the use of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy with people with an intellectual disability. Various adaptation have been used in studies exploring the efficacy of this intervention. Method: A Dialectic Behaviour Therapy DBT skills training group was attended by people with an intellectual disability and…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Skill Development, Well Being, Mental Health
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Hewitt, Olivia; Keeling, Natalie; Pearce, Malcom – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Between 10% and 15% of people with a learning disability have behaviour that challenges others, and half of these people live within the family home (Emerson et al., "Research in Developmental Disabilities," 2001; 22, 77). Current best practice in managing challenging behaviour combines person-centred planning, functional analysis, and…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Positive Behavior Supports, Training, Behavior Problems
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Bartle, Janet; Crossland, Tom; Hewitt, Olivia – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: Recent government policy has focused on reducing the number of people with a learning disability receiving treatment for challenging behaviour or mental health difficulties in hospitals (including in assessment and treatment units; ATU). People with a learning disability should be supported to remain in their community when receiving…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Behavior Problems, Mental Disorders, Hospitals
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Hewitt, Olivia; Clarke, Angela – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: More people with a learning disability are becoming parents. Little is known about the lived experiences of the children who have a parent with a learning disability. Methods: This study uses interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to understand the lived experiences of people who have a parent with a learning disability. Five…
Descriptors: Parents with Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Phenomenology, Experience
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Marwood, Hayley; Hewitt, Olivia – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
The effectiveness of group therapy for people with learning disabilities and anxiety management issues is reviewed. People with learning disabilities face increased levels of psychological distress compared to the general population, yet are often faced with a lack of social support and poor coping techniques to manage their distress. A 6-week…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Anxiety, Coping, Cognitive Restructuring