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Themed Activities for People with Learning Difficulties

Jan 2003
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User-friendly and practical, this is an excellent resource for all professionals looking to run creative sessions with people with profound and complex learning difficulties. Using a selection of twenty everyday objects, it provides resource materials, ideas and flexible structures to extend and complement professionals' existing approaches.

  • Examines a range of teaching approaches, ideas for adapting activities and equipment, and how to present materials and tasks to the student.
  • Provides ideas, work outlines, activities and methods, recording sheets and photocopiable materials.
  • Can be used with individuals and groups in a variety of settings, including educational establishments, day provisions or at home.
  • Designed to provide opportunities for participation at all ability levels. With the help of this book, the list of object-based activities is endless!

Age: 7+


  • Introduction
  • How to use this Book
  • Choosing a Theme
  • Choosing an Activity
  • Activity Checklist
  • Activity Plan
  • Recording Sheets
  • Evaluation Sheet
  • Teaching Approaches and Techniques.
Published reviews: 

“Thank goodness for resource books like invaluable, practical resource...presents a clear pathway to plan and adapt activities.”
Helen Buswell, Senior Occupational Therapist, Learning Difficulties, OTPLD

“Would be a great resource in settings such as special secondary schools, day centres or residential units. It would prove an invaluable resource for newly qualified therapists...this stands out as a very useful resource.”
Clare De Vos, Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPOT

“The main strength of this resource is the fact that the author has undoubtedly developed it from hands-on experience...user-friendly, ring-bound workbook that will likely save therapists a lot of precious time.” 
Louise Arpin, CJOT

“Well researched, simple to use and form an excellent ongoing assessment...highly recommend this innovative approach.”  
Flo Longhorn, Information Exchange

“It has a very clear, straightforward layout, is well organised...very easy to read...a useful tool for teachers or generic support workers who work with people with more moderate learning disabilities.”
Rafaella Peerutin, Debbie Charles and Louise McMillan, SLTs for adults with learning disabilities in Newham Primary Care Trust, Speech & Language Therapy in Practice

“The book is interesting and well thought out...has clear well-structured checklists for each activity...useful as a resource for ideas.”

“It provides resource materials, ideas and flexible structures to extend and complement professionals” existing approaches.”
Exceptional Child Education Resources

“This is an excellent resource for anyone working with people with profound and complex learning difficulties.”
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Melinda Hutchinson

Melinda Hutchinson is a lecturer at Orchard Hill College of Further Education, which provides courses for students with profound and complex learning difficulties. Her specialist area is the development and delivery of the Creative Cultural Studies curriculum. She leads workshops and training sessions for colleagues and other practitioners and is a licensed trainer for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.