TALKABOUT for Adults is a practical resource to help therapists or support staff to develop self-awareness and self-esteem in adults. It is aimed at adults with an intellectual disability (learning disability) or older children with special needs. It has been adapted from the Talkabout for Children: developing self-awareness and self-esteem book to be suitable for an older audience. This means that some of the activities are almost identical but a number of them have been adapted to be more appropriate for adults. There are also some new activities such as the ‘A book about me…’ which enables the adults to make up a book over the course of the sessions that will summarise some keys personal facts. This can work well as an addition to a communication passport or equivalent, or can stand alone as an alternative.
TALKABOUT for Adults is a stand-alone resource with approximately a year’s worth of activities to develop self-awareness and self-esteem. It has 50 activities to do with adults and it has been successfully piloted at Speaking Space. It includes:
· A short assessment of self-awareness and self-esteem
· A year’s worth of work on self-awareness and self-esteem including 50 activities and some worksheets
· Practical suggestions to make your group work successful including 15 group cohesion activities, a plan for intervention, and forms for monitoring and evaluation
This resource continues to use the TALKABOUT hierarchical approach to teaching skills, that is, basic self-awareness skills are taught prior to more complex skills such as social skills and friendship skills. This also means that this resource is designed to be used logically from topic 1 through to topic 8. Most of the activities are more suited to working in a group setting but some of them can be adapted for one-to-one work.