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Toward a Research Agenda on the Impact of Dementia upon Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disability

Matthew P. JANICKI1,
Nancy S. JOKENIN2,
Christina MARSACK-TOPOLEWSKI3,
Seth M. KELLER4
1University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
2University of Northern British Columbia,
Prince George, BC, Canada
3 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI USA
4 American Academy of Developmental Medicine
and Dentisty, Lumberton, NJ, USA
E-mail: mjanicki@uic.edu
Received: 25-June-2019
Revised: 12-July-2019
Accepted: 15-July-2019
Online first: 17-July-2019

Abstract

The World Health Organization’s report, Dementia: A Public Health Priority, noted that the number of people affected by dementia will continue to increase and called for nations to address the impact of dementia upon their populations. This included considering the impact on carers providing for adults with intellectual disability affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Within the context of the USA’s dementia plan, a national group has advocated that the needs and interests of adults with dementia and their carers be taken into account when dementia-related research is undertaken. In preparation for the second national summit on caregiving and dementia to be held in the USA in 2020, this article describes an effort undertaken by this national group to identify needed research related to carers of adults with intellectual disability. The group identified three focal areas for the summit to consider: the effect of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia on carers, challenges for carers of adults with intellectual disability when dementia becomes evident, and barriers that carers face when accessing supports. A list of recommended topics to be researched is provided.

Key words: Alzheimer’s disease, carers, dementia, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, national plans

Citation: Janicki, M.P., Jokenin, N.S., Marsack Topolewski, C., Keller, S.M. Toward a Research Agenda on the Impact of Dementia upon Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disability. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.18

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How satisfaction and self-efficacy for inclusive education matter for Swedish special educators’ assessment practices of students with intellectual disability

Monica REICHENBERG1,
Kent LOFGREN2

1Department of Education and special education,
The University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2Department of Education, Umea University, Sweden
E-mail: monica.reichenberg@ped.gu.se
Received: 28-April-2019
Revised: 11-June-2019
Accepted: 24June-2019
Online first: 26-June-2019

Abstract

Introduction:Assessment of learning outcomes is integral to both mainstream and special needs comprehensive schools for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). However, assessment of students with ID poses a challenge both to special educators and their cooperation with mainstream teachers in cases of fully included students with ID with an individualised curriculum.

Objectives: We describe and predict the type of assessment practices Swedish special educators in special needs comprehensive schools use for assessment of students with ID.

Methods: Swedish special educators (n = 148) were recruited using a non-random sample. To analyse our data, we used the item response model. In addition, we analysed special educators’ expected satisfaction with assessments using linear regression and logistic regression.

Results: The study suggests that special educators had the greatest difficulty conducting multiple choice and written assessments. Moreover, the study suggests that satisfaction with assessment and self-efficacy for inclusion matters for predicting types of assessment practice. In addition, the study reports an interaction between job satisfaction for moderately experienced special educators that predicts both types of assessment practice and the special educators’ satisfaction with assessment.

Conclusion: We demonstrate how assessment satisfaction, self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and experience matter for special educators’ assessment of students with ID.

Key words:special educators, intellectual disability, assessment, satisfaction, self-efficacy

Citation: Reichenberg, M., Lofgren, M. How satisfaction and self-efficacy for inclusive education matter for Swedish special educators’ assessment practices of students with intellectual disability. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.17

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Gender Differences in the Effects of Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Nikolina KENIG1,
Drashko KOSTOVSKI2

1Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy,
Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia
2International Planned Parenthood Federation,
European Network, Brussels, Belgium
E-mail: ninakenig@yahoo.com
Received: 27-March-2019
Revised: 02-May-2019
Accepted: 18-June-2019
Online first: 19-June-2019

Abstract

Objectives: The model of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is intended to support young people in acquiring information and developing skills and attitudes that should improve their reproductive and sexual health. The objective of this research was to assess the effectiveness of the implemented model through the progress made by participating students. It was expected that they should improve both their knowledge and attitudes regarding sexuality.

Method: In study 1, the evaluation of the effectiveness of the program was conducted by comparing pre-test and post-test measures on assessment test and attitude scale for assessing acceptance of values underlying CSE. Participants were 154 adolescents (113 female and 41 male) who attended CSE workshops. Study 2 was based on thematic analysis of qualitative data from 24 participants who provided insights in their perceptions of the CSE training.

Results: Findings show that progress has been made regarding all components that define the program. The two-way ANOVA analysis of post-test results for the acquired knowledge revealed an interaction between participants’ gender and regularity of attendance (Fsex*att(1,152)=6.72, p<0.05) accompanied by the main effect of their sex (Fsex (1,152)=9.10, p<0.01). The exploration of qualitative data suggested that, while boys see the information on protecting sexual and reproductive health useful, the other themes (gender equality and sexual diversity) make them uneasy.

Conclusions: It is concluded that the model needs to be improved in terms of making it more attractive for boys, who experience difficulties in accepting the discourse that is intended to emancipate them from rigid adherence to heteronormativity.

Key words: Comprehensive sexuality education, Gender-binary, Adolescents

 

Citation: Kenig, N., Kostovski, D. Gender Differences in the Effects of Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.16

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Effect of Use of Instructional Materials on Self-Help Skills of Children with Intellectual Disabilities in Abuja School for The Handicapped, Abuja, Nigeria

Rufus Olanrewaju ADEBISI1,
Jummai E. JERRY2

1Department of Communication & Behaviour Disorders,
Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo State, Nigeria
2Department of Special Education, Faculty of Education,
Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria
E-mail: aderufus2@gmail.com
Received: 27-March-2019
Revised: 29-April-2019
Accepted: 10-May-2019
Online first: 13-May-2019

Abstract

Introduction: One role of special education is to increase the functional independence of children receiving services. Practitioners have used systematic instruction to teach academic, social, self-help, recreation/leisure, and vocational skills to different categories of children.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to ascertain the nature of self-help skills of children with intellectual disabilities and to determine the efficacy of instructional materials employed to teach self-help skills to children with intellectual disabilities.

Methods: Using descriptive statistics to analyse the research questions. The researchers purposively and conveniently assigned eight (8) children as participants, diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and have identified deficits in either personal care and hygiene such as teeth brushing, dressing and cleaning of drooling, as identified by the teachers, with three sets of instruments: Ihenacho Cognitive Domain Measurement Profile (ICDMP) and Collection of Materials for Self-Help Skills (CMSKS) to collect data.

Results: The results revealed that there was significant improvement in the ability to use a toothbrush in brushing teeth of the children in the second group and improvement in the experimental group using a toothbrush, the ability to use a handkerchief to clean drooling and ability to use detergent to wash clothes of the children in the second group and improvement in the experimental group using detergent.

Conclusion: The study recommended that teachers and caregivers of children with intellectual disabilities should help in the acquisition of hygiene protection skills and behaviour through training.

Key words: Intellectual Disabilities, Self-Help Skill, Instructional Materials, Self-Management skills, Independence

 

Citation: Adebisi, OR., Jerry, EJ. Effect of Use of Instructional Materials on Self-Help Skills of Children with Intellectual Disabilities in Abuja School for The Handicapped, Abuja, Nigeria. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.15

Corresponding address:
Rufus Olanrewaju ADEBISI
Department of Communication & Behaviour Disorders,
Federal College of Education (Special) P.M.B. 1089, Oyo. Oyo State, Nigeria.
E-mail: aderufus2@gmail.com

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#JRTDD has been indexed into TDNet

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We want to inform you that JRTDD has been updated into TDNet knowledgebase from Israel.

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