Understanding Learning Disabilities. 

    Pavilion, £175, ISBN: 1841961248 Phone: 01273
    623222 e-mail:

    This video-based training resource for trainers and managers to
    use with their staff is very thorough, yet concise and easy to use,
    writes Matt Dore. It’s aimed at people who are starting work with
    people who have learning difficulties. However, it can be used to
    refresh and refocus groups of staff where unsound values or lack of
    training have caused bad practice.

    The pack covers seven areas which will help the staff team to
    understand aspects of learning difficulties: attention; perception;
    time perception; short-term memory; comprehension; expression and
    coping with change.

    Although presented from a predominately health perspective, it does
    pick out the positive aspects from the social model of disability.
    This is to be found in the written material, as the video focuses
    heavily on the medical model.

    There is a lot of written information for the trainer to go
    through, which means they have to allow plenty of preparation time.
    The video presentations are short, so need to be shown as a whole,
    as well as in the planned sections. It would have been more
    authentic if actors with learning difficulties were involved.

    With links to NVQ and learning disability awards framework, this
    training pack would be very useful for all learning difficulties
    organisations wishing to improve on their quality of service.

    Matt Dore is a manager of a supported living service for people
    with learning difficulties.

    Exploring the Depths: A resource manual for those wishing
    to develop peer education

    Four stars

    Russell House Publishing. ISBN 1903855438,

    This resource, published in partnership with Fast
    , a charity that promotes positive lifestyles for young
    people, answers many questions about peer education issues, such as
    what it is, when to use it, how best to manage it, and whether it
    really works, writes Caroline Morris. While there is plenty of
    guidance to get you started, or report on what has been done in
    specific situations elsewhere, this is a comprehensive resource

    It provides definitions, case studies, activities and good practice
    examples to take you through all the steps involved in starting,
    developing, completing and reviewing a peer education scheme.

    It also offers practical ways to save time by including Fast
    Forward’s own training activities, policies, guidelines and
    procedures, developed over the years, for adaptation and use.

    Caroline Morris is a regional training and development

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