Jennifer Warters

Posts by Jennifer Warters

A Musical Memory

Music has had a marked impact on the life of many of my clients with learning disabilities.  I particularly remember one lady, who was referred to me because, although she was forty- four, she had never spoken.  However, staff in her residential home believed that Jean understood most of what was said to her.  One
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Restoring Peace to the Home

My experience as a foster mother of young children and also as a speech and language therapist in community and hospital clinics,  had shown me that behaviour problems inhibit other aspects of development.  I eventually left my profession in search of another, simpler way of working with adults and children with complex needs.  Having studied
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Healing the Voice

Angela was a tall frail looking woman in her forties with short dark hair and hunched shoulders.  She spoke in a whisper and rarely made eye contact. Whenever Angela left the residential home in which she lived, she clung to her support worker, linking arms wherever they walked. She had been diagnosed with a genetic
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A Shocking Silence

Billy was thirty five years old when we met, he was grossly overweight and living in a residential care home with two other men with severe learning disabilities. His care staff said, ‘Billy doesn’t talk, he hasn’t said anything for years’ but  when I questioned further, they said they thought he understood everything that was
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Healing for Adults with Learning Disability.

Empowering the Client Orthodox symptom focused therapy that endeavours to address impaired communication and social interaction, will not be effective in the long term, unless the feelings of the client and their support team are acknowledged, accepted and prioritised. Through my experience as a speech and language therapist and later as Principal of the Academy
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It’s My Turn Now : Working with Caroline

Caroline was a forty six year old woman, who was referred by her doctor because of learning difficulties and deafness. The doctor hoped that any attempt to improve Caroline’s pronunciation of speech sounds would improve her communication and quality of life. Caroline had had a cleft palate repair as a child and lack of oxygen
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Missing Grandma

Ten year old Henry, was referred to me by his paediatrician who was concerned about his deteriorating health.  She  wondered if Henry was still grieving for his grandmother, who had unexpectedly died twelve months earlier. Henry had had a close relationship with his Grandma and both he and his mother would have been traumatised by
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My name’s Norman

Norman, a forty eight year old man with learning disabilities, was also blind.  He was small in stature and looked permanently worried. I was told that his vision had been severely impaired after he had sustained a detached retina in both eyes at the age of 43. Unfortunately, he had refused to stay in bed
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Having worked for several years in a school for children who were severely physically and intellectually disabled, I came to the conclusion that children with communication impairment prefer to be involved with music, movement and play rather than those activities that have an expectation of interaction. However when there is a difficulty with communication, the
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A Star Is Born: Healing a Stammer

When Paul was referred to me, I was in the midst of juggling my work as a speech and language therapist within the National Health Service with my Academy of Spiritual Sciences holistic therapy training.  I had received an urgent telephone call from his sister, telling me that Paul had Down’s syndrome and had lived
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