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Article
Publication date: 8 October 2019

Mark Andrew Haydon-Laurelut and Karl Nunkoosing

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the article by Flynn et al.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the article by Flynn et al.

Design/methodology/approach

In this commentary, the authors will develop some further thoughts about the importance of empathy, its relational nature and place in practice. The authors use some examples from systemic practice to illustrate.

Findings

Social psychological research underlines the importance of empathy in practice. Systemic practice and other collaborative approaches that ask about the experiences and abilities of people with a learning disability and their networks can support new possibilities as network members are listened to, included and respected.

Originality/value

The relational nature of empathy and its connection with practice is explored in this paper.

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 24 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Article
Publication date: 2 February 2021

Karl Nunkoosing

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on Alex Cockain’s article “De-fusing and re-fusing face-to-face encounters involving autistic persons in Hong Kong”.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on Alex Cockain’s article “De-fusing and re-fusing face-to-face encounters involving autistic persons in Hong Kong”.

Design/methodology/approach

The commentary considers the issues raised in Cockain’s article primarily from a focus on Goffman’s concept of “stigma”. Cognitive, emotional and behavioural components of stigma are examined and its wider relevance considered.

Findings

There has been less research on the stigma of learning disability than on that of mental health, despite a very early study of learning disability (Edgerton, 1967) using the concept only four years after the publication of Goffman’s (1963) seminal work. A number of points of relevance of stigma are identified including to social role valorisation, visible and invisible stigmas, the concept of “passing”, microaggression, disablism and labelling.

Originality/value

The commentary illustrates the relevance of the concept of stigma to other aspects of learning disability and disability scholarship.

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 26 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Article
Publication date: 4 July 2016

Mark Haydon-Laurelut and Karl Nunkoosing

The purpose of this paper is to review two studies concerning referrals for challenging behaviour to community learning disability teams (CLDTs). The social constructionist…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review two studies concerning referrals for challenging behaviour to community learning disability teams (CLDTs). The social constructionist approach to research taken by the studies is introduced.

Design/methodology/approach

The studies used critical discourse analysis and thematic analysis to analyse referral texts and interviews with referrers.

Findings

The studies found referral processes locating service problems within the bodies of persons with intellectual disabilities whilst constructing the actions of services as appropriate. This was in part achieved by employing the discourses of the total institutions. The referral process often served the purposes of the referring service.

Research limitations/implications

The research took place in a small geographical location across two learning disability teams.

Originality/value

The process of referring to CLDTs and the language used in these referrals is an under researched area. This paper shows how the language and documents of services are rich sources of data. Services exist in a network and understanding how this network functions is important to understanding the function of referrals.

Article
Publication date: 11 January 2013

Karl Nunkoosing

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on Stacey and Edwards' article on a narrative therapy approach to working with men with learning disabilities who are lonely.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on Stacey and Edwards' article on a narrative therapy approach to working with men with learning disabilities who are lonely.

Design/methodology/approach

The article reflects on the issues raised by Stacey and Edwards, in the light of other theoretical and empirical literature on loneliness and friendship.

Findings

It is important to consider problems of loneliness in the context of a social model of disability. People with learning disabilities are often excluded from the networks of relationships that are so important to the maintenance of emotional well‐being.

Originality/value

Overcoming loneliness is likely to require a range of strategies including group action by people with learning disabilities, the development of non‐disabled people's ability and willingness to establish relationships with disabled people and developments in our understanding of how social systems can be designed to be more inclusive.

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Article
Publication date: 4 July 2016

Bob Marks

The purpose of this paper is to consider the findings of the research studies on referral to a community learning disability team presented in “Causing trouble: the language of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to consider the findings of the research studies on referral to a community learning disability team presented in “Causing trouble: the language of learning disability and challenging behaviour”.

Design/methodology/approach

The commentary is based on a review of the article and associated literature.

Findings

The studies were undertaken from a social constructionist perspective. It is argued that the use of language in referral texts and the way they represent people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour is influenced by wider social and historical ideas of what is accepted knowledge. The analysis of these texts contributes to the understanding of how outmoded responses to challenging behaviour are maintained and has potential benefits when used in the context of positive behaviour support.

Originality/value

The commentary considers the studies presented from a practitioner perspective.

Details

Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 21 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Article
Publication date: 11 January 2013

Peter McGill

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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