Books Beyond Words are currently running a National research project – Open Book – looking at how these innovative , wordless books can offer real life opportunities to tackle complex emotional issues with young people with learning disabilities and Autism.
Phase 1 of the Project has produced very positive evidence based outcomes , using whole group approaches. Phase 2 begins in September 2019 , and looks specifically at how the books can provide interventions to individual students , to promote positive mental health .
The Project is been directed by Professor Barry Carpenter ; the Research Fellow for the Project is Jo Egerton – firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of the books being used in phase 1 and 2 of the Open Book project , are show on the flyer below .
The information being collated is giving new insights as to the applicability of wordless books to aid development of young people with LD, in all sorts of contexts . Recently the Books Beyond Words Founder, Sheila, the Baroness Hollins , commented on the links with Theory of Mind : –
“Stories in pictures can help people who are visually literate to explore and explain their own beliefs, feelings, knowledge and intentions, and to accept that other people may have beliefs, feelings, knowledge and intentions that are different to their own. In other words, situations explained in pictures can help to develop what is often called ‘theory of mind’ .”
Four new books, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, have been produced by Books Beyond Words. They were warmly received at a Reception to Launch the Books in the House of Lords on 30th April. Baroness Sheila Hollins, Founder of Books Beyond Words, explained the background to the Project, and the process of developing the four books in tandem.
Professor Barry Carpenter, who co – authored with Dr Roger Banks, the book “Choosing my First Job”, spoke at the Launch about the challenge of Transition for young people with Learning Disabilities, and the potential of the books to reduce anxiety, and explain more clearly the rich array of post school opportunities.
For further information about the event, and details about where the books can be obtained from, follow the link below.
Using the ‘wordless’ Books Beyond Words, (BBW), has given a new lease of life to Katie Carpenter, (a young woman with Down’s syndrome) who runs her own Book Club every month for her friends , and now works as a volunteer Book Club Leader in a new 19-25 educational provision for young adults with Learning Disabilities.
Here her Father, Barry Carpenter, describes the impact on Katie’s life, in terms of her daily functioning, friendships and releasing her leadership capacity.