Book Clubs for people with Learning Disabilities

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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v3dxabn54fcjzkn/P1000412.MP4?dl=0

Katie Carpenter Photo Book Signing
Katie signing copies of her co authored book in the BBW series , “Going to Church .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information about the Books Beyond Words series can be obtained from www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk

Engagement – From Principles to Practice

Read the first blog post on the new E4L – Engagement4Learning website.
Written by Professor Barry Carpenter.

Related Content:
Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities – (2015)

Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Mental Health; the use of ‘Books Beyond Words’ for promoting Emotional Well Being in children with Learning Disabilities

Mental Health ; the use of Books Beyond Words for promoting Emotional Well Being in children with Learning Disabilities

Books Beyond Words - Thumbnail article image Annie Grant looks at how book clubs for older readers with learning disabilities are promoting good mental health and wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding, Emotions and Books Beyond Words: A neuroscience perspective

These companion articles from the SEND journal , written by Barry Carpenter, Jo Egerton and Stas’ Samagala, are relevant to schools and settings in this time of evolving educational approaches and interventions to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional well being. As the title suggests current thinking for neuroscience is applied to the rich range of narrative based resources in the ‘Beyond Words’ series of books and on line materials.

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Understanding, Emotions and Books Beyond Words: A Neuroscience Perspective - Page 12 SEND Magazine

Understanding, Emotions and Books Beyond Words: A Neuroscience Perspective - Page 20 SEND Magazine 2016

 

Bereavement and Learning Disabilities

For a child or adult with a Learning Disability dealing with grief can be very difficult and life disorientating.

Books Beyond Words enables this topic to be dealt with in a meaningful, compassionate and understandable way.

Bereavement Mini Book-Set Available Here

Books Beyond Words - Bereavement Gif

When Ofsted Comes to Call..

During a school Inspection Ofsed will look a 3 i’s – issue ,intervention and impact.

To look at the quality and creativity of interventions for and with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities , this will not rule resect the scope of teaching and learning , or the range of progress.

The attached short article , published in SEND magazine, looks at the 5 i’s of issue, inquiry, intervention, innovation and impact.

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The 5 ‘i’s’ in Special Needs.pdf

Early Inclusion through Learning from Each Other

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by most European countries foresees an inclusive education for all. Within this context most European countries have expressed their political will to implement the inclusive philosophies and concepts at all levels of policy and services related to issues for persons with disability (The European Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020). However a significant lack of methodologies and sharing knowledge in this field can be observed. Professionals report high need for information, training and concrete resources. Early- Inclusion, is an Erasmus Plus Project through the European Union (www.early-inclusion.eu).

The UK is involved through, and represented by, Chadsgrove Teaching School  (contact: Bev Cockbillbac42@chadsgrove.worcs.sch.uk). Professor Barry Carpenter (UK) is the Lead Consultant to the Project, and has contributed to its design, and initial research and development approaches.

The poster below outlines the preliminary work of this Project, which has a particular focus on the development of Teaching Assistants, (and similar) in a variety of education and childcare settings.

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early inclusion poster - thumbnail

Understanding Pica

Pica is often a misunderstood, or as a little known condition in children with developmental disabilities, but it can have a devastating effect on their learning and quality of life. The article below raises some of the key issues in an informative and relevant way.

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Understanding Pica behavior