Mindfulness as described in modern psychology relates to a way of people bringing complete attention to their present experience and involves responding to that experience with a non-judgmental attitude.The authors of this study wanted to review the adaptation and application of mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic practices for people with learning disabilities.
They provide an overview of the adaptation and use of mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders and maladaptive behaviours, as well as an exploration of current research related to mindfulness-based stress management for parents and caregivers.
They suggest that the current evidence base and data from practice support mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic practices as clinically effective in the treatment of anxiety, mood, stress, aggression, and self-injury in individuals with learning disabilities and also supports enhanced coping and stress management in their parents and caregivers.
They conclude that the skills-based practices of mindfulness-based psychotherapy make it easily adaptable and applicable for use with people with learning disabilities who have mental health issues or challenging behaviour. They point out however that at the present time, there is very little in the literature on mindfulness based approaches and recommend that further research in this area be carried out. Keywords
The adaptation and application of mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic practices for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Robertson B, in Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities 5, 5, 46-52