The book and flashcards can be used to aid psychiatric evaluation. They can assist with communication not only for those with speech or language difficulties, but also assist those who have difficulty talking about themselves.
The symbols can provide a vocabulary when the patient doesn’t have the language skills to talk about what they want. They can act as prompts to help convey emotions, feelings and experiences that are difficult to verbalise.
New and difficult situations can be distressing, especially for people who need clear routines, such as people with autism. The resources can be used to help prepare someone for what is going to happen or is happening, such as going to a hospital or visiting a health professional. The resources can be used to help to reassure a patient for example about what to expect during treatment, and discharge from hospital.
Explaining a Patient’s Rights under the Mental Health Act 1983
Patients must be informed about the choices they can make and the legalities of their situation. Whether or not a patient is an informal, voluntary patient or if they are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, it is important to provide information about their Rights.
The resources will also provide the patient with information on how they can get help, who will support them and what to do if they disagree with their treatment or care.
The UK’s Equality Act 2010 places an obligation on all organisations to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that any services they provide for members of the public are extended equally to people with disabilities, including those who have difficulty in reading or understanding the meaning of words. The key principles in this legislation include rights, independence, choice and inclusion. The emphasis is on what people can do, and not what they are unable to do.