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Publication date: 15 March 2010

Sarah Bernard, Suzannah Gratton and Natasa Momcilovic

This case report highlights the importance of the role of the family in supporting a young person with a developmental disability. The young person discussed has a complex…

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Abstract

This case report highlights the importance of the role of the family in supporting a young person with a developmental disability. The young person discussed has a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with co‐morbid physical health problems. Her family have coped with a number of events in CR's life, ensuring that she has always had their support and understanding. At the time of transition there is a risk of failure to understand the complexities of the role of the family in CR's life. The implications will be discussed.

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Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-0180

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 2013

Suzannah Gratton

A review of the literature regarding the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) of 2005 with young people with intellectual disability indicated an absence of publications on this…

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Purpose

A review of the literature regarding the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) of 2005 with young people with intellectual disability indicated an absence of publications on this topic, yet clinical practice suggests that services are grappling with complex issues in this area. This article aims to focus on the principles of the MCA and to explore its application to young people with intellectual disabilities.

Design/methodology/approach

The key principles of the MCA are reviewed and its application to young people with intellectual disability are explored through case studies.

Findings

The MCA is applicable to 16‐18 year olds with intellectual disability and services require training and support in its implementation. Issues of adaptation of communication to convey complex matters and appropriate preparation for assessment are especially pertinent.

Originality/value

The article explores the application and relevance of the MCA to young people with intellectual disability in clinical practice.

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Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 7 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2044-1282

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Article
Publication date: 11 January 2013

Rebecca Chilvers, Suzannah Gratton and Sarah H. Bernard

The purpose of this paper is to assess whether a tier four mental health of child and adolescent intellectual disability service was meeting the complex needs of children and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess whether a tier four mental health of child and adolescent intellectual disability service was meeting the complex needs of children and families by evaluating performance on key characteristics of a “model service” identified by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaires assessed all areas of a “model service” for parents and children, and were sent to the 68 consecutive referrals received within an 18 month period. A postal survey response rate of 42.6 per cent (parents) and 11.7 per cent (children) was achieved, and the final sample was found to be representative of the consecutive case series as a whole.

Findings

The service showed excellent performance on all indicators, suggesting it is operating a “model service” as experienced by service‐users themselves.

Practical implications

Issues raised included the need for families to have greater information prior to assessments; clearer explanation of the limitations of the service when families are first seen; and review at the completion of intervention to highlight continuing treatment needs.

Originality/value

The paper may assist in the development of CAMHS for children and young people with learning disabilities.

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Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2044-1282

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