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Characteristics and experiences of children and young people with severe intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour attending 52-week residential special schools.
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PMID:  17300414     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This study sought to gather information about the characteristics and experiences of children and young people with severe intellectual disabilities and severe challenging behaviour attending 52-week residential special schools. METHOD: Staff of nine schools completed postal questionnaires on the characteristics and experiences of 156 pupils. RESULTS: Those attending residential schools are predominantly male, teenagers and in long-term placements. Most have limited communication skills and autistic spectrum disorders. All display high numbers of challenging behaviours, many of them serious. Children have a greater range and complexity of needs than pupils at day severe learning difficulties (SLD) schools, albeit with some overlap. CONCLUSIONS: Children at 52-week residential schools present needs that both families and local services struggle to meet. Residential placement may provide the intensity of educational input and social support that is required, but may increase the vulnerability of the children. Local alternatives to residential schools should be investigated.
N Pilling; P McGill; V Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0964-2633     ISO Abbreviation:  J Intellect Disabil Res     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-15     Completed Date:  2007-04-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206090     Medline TA:  J Intellect Disabil Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Education, Special*
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
Health Services Needs and Demand
Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
Mainstreaming (Education) / statistics & numerical data
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
Mental Retardation / epidemiology*,  psychology*
Psychomotor Disorders / epidemiology*
Residential Treatment / statistics & numerical data*
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors

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