A picture of happiness
Karen McKenzie Consultant Clinical Psychologist, East Lothian
Edith Matheson Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Gartnaval Royal Hospital
Kerry McKaskie Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Queen’s University, Belfast
Lucie Hamilton Speech and Language Therapist, East Lothian
George C Murray Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dingleton Hospital
Karen McKenzie and colleagues show how to improve communication with people with learning disabilities
There is an increasing awareness of the importance of the emotional and social lives of people with learning disability (Gardner 1997). Difficulties in interpersonal and emotional functioning have, however, long been seen as defining features of learning disability. There is a recognition that individuals with a learning disability may have greater difficulty than non-disabled people in recognising and identifying emotional states in themselves and others (Rojahn et al 1995, Walz and Benson 1996, McAlpine et al 1992). There is also some indication that these difficulties relate to the emotional component of tasks rather than the cognitive demands themselves (Rojahn et al 1995).
Learning Disability Practice.
4, 1, 26-29.
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