Working with Children with Learning Disabilities
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In this part of the book, we focus on the rights of children with learning disabilities to be protected from abuse and we also discuss strategies for family support. The case study highlights issues of loss, non-family abuse and the impact on parenting capacity of alcohol misuse. The discussion emphasises the importance of taking into account children’s communication needs, intellectual impairments and any specific abilities and interests the child has in the planning of interventions. Two approaches to practice are provided for working with children, and two for empowering families. Although we have applied these methods to children with learning disabilities and their families, they can be adapted for many children and the family-based approaches are generic.
KeywordsSexual Abuse Down Syndrome Child Sexual Abuse Disable Child Child Protection
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