University of Edinburgh
 

 Attachment in the care of people with a visual and intellectual disability:
 theory and practice

Presented on Friday, 13th June, 2014

Content

The morning session covered:

  • an introduction on the relationship between stress and attachment, the importance of developing an attachment relationship will be explained;
  • recent developments regarding assessment of disorders of attachment;
  • assessment based on scientific research and practical experience in the field of care for children and adolescents with a visual and/or intellectual disability.

The afternoon session covered interventions for daily care as well as psychotherapy in specially needed situations:

  1. the development of attachment relationship with persons with profound intellectual disabilities;
  2. the treatment of separation anxiety for persons with a moderate intellectual disability;
  3. the Therapy for Attachment and Behaviour (ITAB) was illustrated.

ITAB has been developed specifically for the treatment of children with a visual and severe intellectual disability with disordered attachment, with severe and persistent behavioural problems who do not respond to regular therapies.

Target Audience: Educational psychologists, Occupational Therapists, practitioners working with children and adults who are blind or partially sighted and with an intellectual disability; those working with children and adults with severe and profound intellectual disabilities.

Presenters: Dr Paula Sterkenburg, Assistant Professor, VU University Amsterdam and Clinical Psychologist, Bartimeus, The Netherlands.

Link: Participants were invited to play this game prior to attending: www.theworldofempa.org (open the game in Firefox or Chrome).

Programme

10.30 am - Introduction on the relationship between stress and attachment
The risk factors which can play a role in developing a secure attachment relationship with children with disabilities
Recent developments regarding assessment of disorders of attachment

1.30 pm - Interventions for daily care as well as psychotherapy in specially needed situations

  • the development of attachment relationship with persons with profound intellectual disabilities
  • the treatment of separation anxiety for persons with a moderate intellectual disability
  • the Therapy for Attachment and Behaviour (ITAB)

3.45 pm - Course evaluation and close