Take care when you deliver a diagnosis
26 April 2018
‘Ten Rules for Delivering a Diagnosis of Autism or Learning Disabilities in a Way That Ensures Lasting Emotional Damage’ is the latest in a series driving healthcare standards upwards.
An appeal for diagnoses to be made more constructively has been made in a new book launched this spring. We arranged an email interview with authors Viki Ainsworth and Jim Blair to learn more.
Learning Disability Today: What inspired you to choose this topic for your latest book?
Viki: My inspiration came from two decades of personal experience on behalf of my daughter, combined with the experience of countless other families we have had the privilege of getting to know during our journey through the world of learning disability.
“It is neither good news nor bad news. It is information which must be given in a considered, reflective and supportive manner.”
There are too many tales of trauma at point of diagnosis and lack of post-diagnosis support and it needs to change. It wouldn’t take much and the explanations and commentary in the book will hopefully open the eyes of all those involved on a diagnosis pathway.
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