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Deafness and Challenging Behaviour: The 360¿ Perspective


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Deafness and Challenging Behaviour: The 360¿ Perspective

Sally Austen (Editor), Dave Jeffery (Co-Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-05776-6 April 2008 342 Pages


Challenging behaviours, such as aggression and violence, are more common in deaf people than hearing people. Filling a crucial gap in the international market, this book will appeal equally to those who work occasionally or entirely with Deaf or hearing impaired client groups of all ages.

Multi-disciplinary professionals with specialist knowledge of working with deaf people explore aspects of mild to severe challenging behaviour with reference to its cause, assessment, prevention and management.

This book will be of relevance to professionals and carers involved in the delivery of actual and potential aggression management in the fields of

  • Mental health
  • Education
  • Learning disability
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Prison and forensic services
  • Audiology
  • Nursing

International contributors, providing a wealth of easily accessible knowledge, consider this extremely heterogeneous group from neurological, behavioural, socio-political, service user, psychodynamic and systemic perspectives.




I. Introducing Deafness and Challenging Behaviour.

1. The Deaf Service User’s Perspective of Challenging Behaviour and Restraint (Sally Austen and Two Service Users).

2. Unravelling the Anomaly of Deafness (Di Baines).

3. Bearing Witness: Challenging Behaviour and its Contribution to Trauma and Vicarious Trauma (Dave Jeffery, Marian Crowley and Sally Austen).

4. Diagnosis and Challenging Behaviour of Deaf People (Sally Austen, Alison Gray and Steve Carney).

II. Aetiology of Challenging Behaviour.

5. Challenging Behaviour in the Young Deaf Child (Rosie Kentish).

6. Neuropsychological, Behavioural and Linguistic Factors in Challenging Behaviour in Deaf People (Robin Paijmans).

7. Psychodynamic Approaches to Understanding Challenging Behaviour (Christine McPherson).

8. Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Deafness and Challenging Behaviour (Pat Collins and Steve Carney).

9. Challenging Behaviours and Deaf Older Adults (David M. Feldman and Kristyn Eck).

III. Managing Challenging Behaviour.

10. De-escalation and Deafness: Seeing the Signs? (Dave Jeffery and Sally Austen).

11. Showing Restraint: Therapeutic Holding with Deaf People in Crisis (Dave Jeffery).

12. A Model for Restraint Prevention in Residential Treatment for Deaf Children (Judith Vreeland).

13. The Role of Deaf Staff and Interpreters in Preventing Challenging Behaviour (Adrian Harper and Mary Connell).

14. Social-skills Improvement as a Means of Managing Challenging Behavior (Marlene Eernisse and Leigh Poole Warren).

15. Approach with Care: Improving the Effectiveness of the Care Programme Approach with Deaf Service Users in the UK (Dave Jeffery).

IV. Forensic Services.

16. Deaf People and the Criminal Justice System (Sue O’Rourke and Rebecca Reed).

17. High Secure Care for Deaf People in England and Wales (Manjit Gahir).

18. Risk Assessment and Risk Management with Deaf People (Sue O’Rourke).