Dictionary of Mental Handicap

Dictionary of Mental Handicap

Dictionary of Mental Handicap

Dictionary of Mental Handicap

Synopsis

2,400 entries cover terms and concepts from a wide variety of fields, clearly and simply explained. An invaluable source of reference for all those involved with mentally handicapped people in any capacity whatsoever.

Excerpt

The major shift from hospital care to community care for mentally handicapped people has led to the involvement of many new professional and non-professional staff. Each profession and discipline has its own terminology and, although the cause of the mental handicap may be medical, the subsequent interventions may be sociological, paramedical, psychological, educational or psychiatric. This book is an attempt to demystify the terms so that they can be more readily understood by lay people, unqualified staff and staff from the same or other disciplines. The language has been kept as simple as possible but, to prevent lengthy explanations, a system of cross-referencing has been used. Words which are in italics are an entry in their own right and, by looking them up, either a definition or more information will be obtained.

References have been supplied for readers who wish to find out more about a subject. Many of these are from professional journals and it may be necessary to contact someone in that profession in order to obtain the article.

Entries have been selected through the process of reading a broad selection of literature on mental handicap and by selecting those terms which are most commonly used and which are least likely to be understood. The author is in practice in this speciality and is only too well aware of the problems met by many staff and families when they encounter the 'professionals' and the jargon they use.

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