CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders and comorbid mental illness

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Alix Dixon presents a recent systematic review on the effectiveness of CBT for autism spectrum disorders and comorbid anxiety or depression.

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It’s good to talk: training psychiatrists to improve communication with patients

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John Baker evaluates the recent TEMPO cluster RCT, which explores training to enhance psychiatrist communication with patients who live with psychosis.

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Pivotal response treatment is promising for children with autism

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Rosalyn Nelson presents the findings of a small RCT of Pivotal Response Treatment groups for parents of children with autism, which has promising results in terms of encouraging children to communicate.

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Skills development and knowledge transfer are benefits of working with external providers, reports study

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This is a summary of a report called Knowledge exchange in health-care commissioning, published by the National Institute for Health Research.

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Understanding and responding to pain in people with learning disabilities

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How do staff and family carers recognise when somebody they support is in pain and what emotional impact does this have on them?

Here, Nick Burton looks at a small scale qualitative study, which set out to explore this issue for some paid carers and family carers.

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Is intensive interaction effective?

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Intensive interaction is an accepted approach to working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism, but how much do we know about its effectiveness?

Here, Katherine Runswick Cole looks at a review of literature that addresses this question.

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Improving shared decision making in mental health

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Martin Webber critiques a US study capturing service user views on shared decision making in mental health care and discusses possible implications for social work.

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Safe and social – helping learning disabled people improve skills and understanding

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Some people with learning disabilities may find it difficult to learn social rules and behaviours, which can impact on involvement and engagement in their commnunities.

In her debut blog, Mandy Johnson looks at a project in the Republic of Ireland which set out to help people consider the desirability of a range of social behaviours and the complexities of social context.

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Guess who? Put a face to a name

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Kirsten Lawson reviews a randomised controlled trial looking at the impact of providing clinician photos on inpatient’s recall of names and roles. Is this an effective way to improve communication between inpatients and their care team?

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