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This is the Encompass blog. Here you'll find great information about all of our homes and topics that matter to us.

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Advocating for Individuals with Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues take many forms and have dramatically different levels of severity.

For some reflection techniques and a reliable support circle is sufficient to get through those difficult days.

For others on going treatment, support and even medication is required.

Whatever the condition and whatever the level of support, it’s important for the individual to be able to make their feelings known and for the appropriate action taken that reflects their outcomes and goals.

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Is ADHD a Learning Disability?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is caused by a neurobehavioral disorder and is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children. This pattern of challenges, which occurs 4 times more in boys than in girls, can emerge as early as 3 years old with the average age of onset being 7 years old.

There are 3 subtypes of ADHD with the combined type being the most common:

  • Hyperactive-impulsive
  • Inattentive
  • Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive
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Multidisciplinary Support for Learning Disabilities

Teams are good.

Teams share the load, share responsibilities and support one another towards a common objective. Much like a community.

However whereas a community is made of a random roster of people that changes from one year to the next due to simple act of population migration, a team is put together based on individual skills and abilities and what they can bring to the commonality.

Essentially they are made up of experts. Or at least the good ones are.

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Hate Crime and Learning Disabilities

The United Kingdom has had a tumultuous couple of years what with the referendum, a change in government, an election and all the fallout from the Brexit negotiations.

Regardless of your political affiliation or which side of the Brexit fence you came down on it’s hard not to have seen in the news that hate crime has skyrocketed.

Whether it’s the result of scapegoating, buried prejudices or misdirected frustrations at what seems like an increasingly troubled world, this simply cannot continue.

Hate crime against individuals with learning disabilities is sadly nothing new but only became recognised as a crime in 2003 although hasn’t seriously been enforced since 2007.

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Learning Disabilities and Stigma

Humans are a funny species.

We have a genetic make-up so sophisticated that it allows for limitless iterations so no two people will ever naturally be genetically identical.

We have a capacity for learning that seems to advance with every subsequent generation.

We have a talent and passion for creativity be it music, the arts or literature.

We have invented incredible technologies and erected awe inspiring buildings.

But despite crossing the oceans, taking to the skies and venturing into outer space, we still can’t seem to shake our fondness for almost arbitrary assumptions and labels.

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Supporting People with Learning Disabilities [Infographic]

A common misconception regarding people with learning disabilities is that they think or feel differently to us. They may see the world differently but that's true of everyone. Experience defines our reality. Individuals with learning disabilities are just people with a different set of challenges to overcome. They should be treated no differently than anyone else.

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The Challenge of Non-Verbal Communication

Learning disabilities bring with them a great many challenges.

Some a physical, some are developmental.

Whatever the individual faces, they have to adapt and cope as best they can to a world inherently ill-suited to them. This can lead to feelings of low worth, isolation and marginalisation.

Fortunately help is available in the form of products and services that empower the individual to lead a fulfilling life.

However, where things get really challenging is communication.

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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is arguable one of the most widely known physical conditions in the world. Although an umbrella term that covers a variety of conditions, roughly one in four hundred people are born with the condition,

The condition can be caused prenatal, but trauma during birth, lack of oxygen to the brain and meningitis can all cause the condition to develop.

The condition is also more common in high risk pregnancies, pregnancies with multiple births and in babies with low birth weights (or very premature).

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What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome is one of the most widely known about disabilities but one of the most commonly misunderstood.

Usually the person in the office who can be a little OCD or who doesn’t get the work ‘banter’ is branded as ‘on the scale’. Which is usually thoroughly unhelpful not only for the individual (especially if they do have some challenges) but because it furthers a wildly inaccurate stereotype.

Roughly 1 in 200 people have Asperger’s syndrome, which is roughly 350,000 people in the UK alone. So there’s a strong chance you know someone with Asperger’s Syndrome even if they don’t have a diagnosis.

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