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Talkabout Relationships

Aug 2004
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Reflecting current literature and research on developing relationships for people with learning disabilities, this hands-on groupwork resource is ideal for teachers or anyone working with people who are having difficulties in making or maintaining friends.

This highly illustrated, practical resource:

  • Is designed to help teachers or therapists to work through self-esteem and relationship skills within a group setting in a structured way.
  • Was originally written for young adults with a learning disability, it has also been used successfully with children with learning disabilities and those who present with social skills difficulties.
  • Includes a staff rating assessment of a client's relationship skills and criteria for inclusion in a relationships group, as well as a self-esteem assessment and a self-rating assessment of relationship skills.
  • Contains illustrated, photocopiable group activities and worksheets to address self-image, identity and self-confidence as well as the different types of relationship, the qualities of friends and some of the skills involved in improving and developing relationships.

Illustrated by the author, this hands-on groupwork resource is ideal for speech language therapists, teachers, occupational therapists, community learning disability nurses and anyone working in the field of learning disability.


172pp, A4, wire-o-bound


Published reviews: 

"This accessible book would be very useful for anyone in the multidisciplinary team. The activities are relevant and the specific situation cards and lists can be used as presented or individualised for a particular group."
RCSLT Bulletin

"A welcome addition to social skills work with adolescents in mainstream secondary schools."
Speech  Language Therapy in Practice

"Another excellent sourcebook form a publisher who clearly knows their market and produces for it."
British Book Design  Production Awards

"The attributes of practical, pertinent and well paced apply to both of these resources."
Canadian Association of OT's

"The authors include a well-written introduction...this accessible book would be particularly useful to staff who have just begun to lead groups."
RCSLT Bulletin

"[This] well-presented package. Each section is well structured...would be a welcome addition to social skills work with adolescents in mainstream secondary schools."-
Sue Lawrence, Senior SLT, Speech & Language Therapy in Practice

"Well-structured resource...numerous worksheets." -
Care and Health Magazine

"Layout of the manual is very good...a programme such as this is most welcome".

"Like the format and the worksheets are nice and clear...good as a weekly activity." 
Jan Burley, Bardwell School, Bicester

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Alex Kelly

Alex Kelly is a speech and language therapist with 28 years' experience of working with people who have difficulties with their social skills, self-esteem or friendships. She is the author of the best-selling TALKABOUT resources and has also written text books on communication. She now runs her own business which is based in Hampshire, UK, called Alex Kelly Ltd, providing social skills training and speech and language therapy. More recently she has also set up a unique day service, 'Speaking Space,' for young adults with autism or a learning disability where people can come for the day to develop their social communication and independence skills. Alex is well known for her work and passion in the field of social skills and lectures internationally. Visit her website