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Holly, Deirdre; Sharp, John – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
People with learning disabilities are at increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Research suggests this may be due to inequalities in health status and inequities in the way health services respond to need. Little is known about the most effective way to improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities. A previously developed…
Descriptors: Heart Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Health Education, Adult Education
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McLaughlin, Katrina; Jones, Aled – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
A qualitative interview study was undertaken to determine the information and support needs of carers of adults who have Down's syndrome and dementia. The data were analysed thematically. Carers' information and support needs were seen to change at pre-diagnosis, diagnosis and post-diagnosis. Helping carers to manage the changing nature of the…
Descriptors: Caring, Parent Attitudes, Dementia, Identification
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Ferguson, Morag; Jarrett, Dominic; Terras, Melody – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
People with learning disabilities have fewer choice opportunities than the general population. Existing research provides some insight, but the choice-making experiences of those who do not always utilise available healthcare remains under-explored. This research explored the choice-making experiences of two groups of individuals with a learning…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Focus Groups, Adults, Adult Education
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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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Watchman, Karen – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2003
This article raises critical issues that need to addressed while considering the future needs of people with Down syndrome and dementia, along with suggestions as to how they may be met. It discusses dementia diagnosis, staff training, the family's role, advantages of health screening, and difficulties in collating accurate information. (Contains…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Alzheimers Disease, Clinical Diagnosis
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Newman, David W.; Summerhill, Lisa; Mosley, Ellis; Tooth, Claire – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2003
This article examines the case of a male with Down syndrome who has been referred to a clinical psychology service due to challenging behaviors. It provides a case history and rationale for the assessment of autism, and describes the positive effects of an intervention for increasing staff awareness of autism. (Contains references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Autism, Behavior Disorders
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Mendel, Elizabeth; Hipkins, Jane – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2002
A study aimed to apply motivational interviewing techniques in assisting seven individuals with mental retardation and alcohol-related problems through the stages of change. The group met for one hour over three sessions and staff training was provided. Results demonstrated increases in motivation, self-efficacy, and determination to change their…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism
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Hooper, Jeff – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2002
A study examined the response of two adults who attended a music activity therapy program in which music activities encouraged peer interaction. Music activity therapy was compared with a control condition (i.e., ball and target games). Both conditions increased the level of positive interaction, however, music therapy was least effective.…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Games, Interpersonal Communication