Emotion management for young people with severe learning disabilities
Rowena Rossiter Consultant clinical psychologist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Kirsten Slaney Community nurse specialist, Children and Young People’s Service Learning Disability Team – East, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leslie Tulloch Senior teacher, Clifton Hill School, Surrey
Rowena Rossiter and colleagues describe how a group set up in a secondary school has helped pupils develop skills to cope with emotional difficulties
Health and education staff collaborated to run a group named ‘Show Club’ which aimed to develop emotion management in students with learning disabilities. The group, which ran for 13 sessions, used visual and physical props, sensory storytelling and role play, games, music, discussion, coping plans and relaxation. Most of the participants enjoyed the sessions and learned some feelings-management skills. Future work may involve a greater variety of groups and tools.
Learning Disability Practice. 14, 6,21-24. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.07.14.6.21.c8617