Contentious Issues for Those Working with People with Learning Difficulties
First published in 1996. Three major and topical issues which affect the lives of people with learning difficulties and those who work and live with them are sexuality, integration and age appropriateness. These issues are contentious and controversial and there are no simple solutions.
In this book, preconceived, established and sometimes narrow views of what constitutes integration, sexuality and age appropriateness are challenged and a discussion of thought-provoking alternatives are explored from the perspective of the child or adult with learning difficulties.
Table of Contents
Foreword Judith Coupe-O’Kane and Juliet Goldbart; Introduction: Laying the Foundations for Self-advocacy: The Role of Home and School Peter Mittler; Part One: A Positive Approach to Sexuality for Whom?; 1. Getting the Balance Right Maggie Bowen 2. Sexuality and People with Profound and Multiple Impairment: A Positive Approach Caroline Downs and Ann Craft 3. Discussion: Parental Concerns about Puberty and Sexuality in Young People with Severe Learning Disability Ian McKinlay; Part Two: Life which is Age-appropriate; 4. When Age-appropriateness isn’t Appropriate Melanie Nind and Dae Hewett 5. Ages and Stages. What is Appropriate Behaviour? Jill Porter, Nicola Grove and Keith Park 6. Discussion: Age-appropriate or Developmentally-appropriate Activities? Beryl Smith; Part Three: Integration for Whom?; 7. Integration, Inclusion – What does it all Mean? John Hall 8. Integration and Education: Theory and Practice Pat Conway and Paul Baker 9. Discussion: Integration – Where do we go from here? Peter Farrell; Index