Here you can find some of the 2007 CBF newsletters. You might also be interested in 2008, 2009, 2010 and beyond, as well as my final CBF column 'Counting Stuff'. To return to the main article page, click 'Writing'.


Distilling Challenging Behaviour: "It’s the 10th anniversary of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and in honour of the occasion I’ve been asked to distil what I know about challenging behaviour into 500 words..." A quick guide to challenging behaviour and what might help.


Back to Basics: Health Issues. "Different professions may view the same behaviour as caused by different things: a psychiatrist may interpret behaviour in one way, a psychologist another, a speech therapist a third, and a doctor or nurse may see physical issues as of paramount influence when trying to account for incidents of challenging behaviour. All these perspectives may be useful in themselves but it is seldom the case that one model explains all."


Presumed Capable: "With the dawning of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) we have a pathway to follow, we have safe guards. But the key to its successful implementation is that we recognise the humanity and abilities of the people labelled as disabled. We are all human, and we all make mistakes, yet our humanity, and our expectations that people will listen to our points of view,are not diminished. Lord, grant us the capacity to understand the implications of the Mental Capacity Act. Amen to that!"