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Mengoni, Silvana E.; Redman, Sandra – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2020
Background: Children with Down syndrome have an increased risk of serious health conditions, particularly in early childhood. Published guidelines promote the identification and monitoring of health issues and adherence could reduce health inequalities, yet there is limited research about the extent to which health monitoring occurs as…
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Young Children, At Risk Persons, Child Health
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Sheridan, Ciara; OMalley-Keighran, Mary-Pat; Carroll, Clare – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2020
Background: There is a wealth of research on adolescents with Down syndrome (DS) covering a large range of topics such as obesity, speech and language, education and health-related quality of life. However, for quality of life, much of the available literature for adolescents with DS relies on parent proxy reporting. This results in more research…
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Quality of Life, Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents
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Chapman, Melanie; Lacey, Huma; Jervis, Nicola – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: Dementia prevalence rates are higher amongst people with learning disabilities than the general population. People with Down's syndrome are at even greater risk of developing dementia and of developing dementia at an earlier age. This study, conducted as part of a wider service evaluation, explored community learning disability team…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Dementia, Program Evaluation, Screening Tests
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Sheehan, Philomena; Guerin, Suzanne – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: This study aimed to explore the range of emotions experienced by parents in the early years of managing their child's disability, to assess the relevance of the Dual Process Model in understanding these emotions within an adjustment process and to identify the types of support and information perceived by parents as helpful during this…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Emotional Response, Child Rearing, Parents
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Caples, Maria; Martin, Anne-Marie; Dalton, Caroline; Marsh, Lynne; Savage, Eileen; Knafl, George; Van Riper, Marcia – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: Down syndrome is a genetic condition that affects people of all races, nationalities and socioeconomic status. The incidence of Down syndrome in Ireland is estimated to be 1 in 546, with approximately 7,000 people with Down syndrome living in Ireland. While some families of individuals with Down syndrome may find it difficult to adapt,…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Down Syndrome, Foreign Countries, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Sawhney, Indermeet; Zia, Asif; Gates, Bob – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2017
In the UK, the Mental Health Tribunal is a long-established safeguard for patients detained under the Mental Health Act. This gives such patients an effective appeal mechanism to ensure legal protection of their liberty. This act contains sections that allow for civil detention in the case of mental disorder. The right to apply to the tribunal…
Descriptors: Patients, Learning Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Mental Health
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Rowe, Michelle – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
This article provides a timely response in regard to the Department of Health's current initiative to financially reward GPs to prioritise and undertake dementia screening for people with learning disabilities over the age of 50 years and for people with Down syndrome over the age of 40 years. Whilst GPs are becoming increasingly aware of their…
Descriptors: Dementia, Screening Tests, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome
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Bowles, Caoimhe; Frizelle, Pauline – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: Lámh is a key word signing approach used in Ireland, which can support the communication needs of children with Down syndrome. However, the success of this approach in mainstream schools relies heavily on the attitudes of those within the school environment. To date, two studies have explored the attitudes of teaching staff towards the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Down Syndrome, Peer Relationship, Student Attitudes
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Bevins, Shelley; Hurse, Emily – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
The following article details a piece of service development work undertaken as part of the Plymouth Down Syndrome Screening Programme. The work aimed to review the use of three measures assessing executive functioning skills used within the Programme as well as with people without Down syndrome. Three tasks assessing executive functioning (the…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Task Analysis
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Gifford, Clive; Knott, Fiona – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: This study investigated whether care staff's causal attributions and emotional reactions to the challenging behaviour displayed by service users were influenced by the service user's diagnostic label. Materials and Method: One hundred and twenty care staff were randomly allocated to one of three conditions. Participants viewed a video…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Caregiver Attitudes, Emotional Response, Clinical Diagnosis
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Walker, Brigid; MacBryer, Shona; Jones, Alan; Law, Jim – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
Because of difficulties with neuropsychological assessments for dementia in people with learning disabilities, professionals in clinical practice have relied heavily on carer interviews, one of the most widely used being the "Dementia Questionnaire for People with Learning Disabilities" (DLD-Evenhuis et al. 2006 "Dementia…
Descriptors: Dementia, Questionnaires, Down Syndrome, Neuropsychology
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Cowdrey, Felicity A.; Walz, Linda – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
The evidence-base for exposure therapy in people with learning disabilities experiencing specific phobias is sparse. This case study describes the assessment, formulation and treatment of spider phobia in a woman with learning disabilities using an exposure-based intervention augmented with mindfulness practice and bereavement work. To evaluate…
Descriptors: Fear, Counseling Techniques, Mental Retardation, Case Studies
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Cumella, Stuart; Heslam, Sheila – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
There has been limited research on the attitudes of family carers and the part they play in helping people with a learning disability choose accommodation. A postal questionnaire was sent to family carers of people with Down's Syndrome, to identify their attitudes to supported living, their experience of the application process, and the…
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Questionnaires, Caregivers, Attitude Measures
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Williams, Laura; Newell, Reetta – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
The following article introduces the Solihull Approach, a structured framework for intervention work with families (Douglas, "Solihull resource pack; the first five years." Cambridge: Jill Rogers Associates, 2001) and aims to demonstrate the usefulness of this approach in working with school-age children with complex neurodevelopmental…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Sleep, Intervention, Incidence
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White, Emma L.; Morgan, Michelle F. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
My name is Emma I am 28 years old and I have Down syndrome. This is an article about my story about becoming a researcher. This article has lots of photographs of me doing research. It has information about the things I did with research. It has examples of some of my research work. This article lets me share my story with other people. This…
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Young Adults, Researchers, Mental Retardation
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