Emotion management for people with severe learning disabilities
Kirsten Andrews Community nurse, Children and young people with learning disabilities, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Rowena Rossiter Chartered clinical psychologist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Shona Daynes Chartered clinical psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Alison Goodwill Class teacher, Clifton Hill School, Caterham, Surrey
Anna Preston Clinical psychologist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Meeting weekly, a group of teenagers was helped to cope with issues around change and relationships using techniques adapted from cognitive behaviour therapy. Kirsten Andrews, Rowena Rossiter and colleagues report
Team Mate was a pilot emotion management group for students with severe learning disabilities, held at their further education unit. The group was run collaboratively by education and health professionals and planned, delivered and evaluated in line with current policy and evidence. Adapting cognitive behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities, the group focused on feelings, relationships, change and coping.
Evaluation showed that most participants enjoyed the group and learned new skills. The Team Mate approach is undergoing further development based on participant and facilitator feedback.
Learning Disability Practice. 13, 1,32-35. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.02.13.1.32.c7544