Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Exploring the Past: A Practical Guide to Working with the Memories of People with Learning Disabilities

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Exploring the Past: A Practical Guide to Working with the Memories of People with Learning Disabilities

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Exploring the past: a practical guide to working with the memories of people with learning disabilities. Sarah Housden. Speechmark Publishing Ltd, 2012. 44.81 [euro]. 200 pp. ISBN 978-0-86388-907-3

Sarah Housden qualified as an occupational therapist and developed a specialism in reminiscence. She currently works as a reminiscence trainer and freelance occupational therapist.

This book is clearly presented and follows a clear structure. It introduces reminiscence theory and provides practical examples of application when working with people. It is easy to make the links as to how it could be used in clinical practice within the specialist field of learning disabilities or within services for older adults.

The resource is divided into two parts. Part one provides background information on memory work with both individuals and groups. It applies this specifically to working with people with learning disabilities. The historical context of learning disabilities is also explored regarding the potential impact on reminiscence work.

Part two provides ideas for practical application including themes, music examples, memory triggers and activities. …

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