Visual Communication

Visual Communication Overview

DBT was developed in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues.

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy. It’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but it’s specially adapted for people who feel emotions very intensely.

The aim of DBT is to help you:

  • Understand and accept your difficult feelings
  • Learn skills to manage them
  • Become able to make positive changes in your life

‘Dialectical’ means trying to understand how two things that seem opposite could both be true. For example, accepting yourself and changing your behaviour might feel contradictory. But DBT teaches that it’s possible for you to achieve both these goals together.

This therapeutic approach can provide effective treatment for ADHD, bipolar disorder,

Our Visual Communication Department

Alderwood LLA produces specially designed resources following the principles of Visual Communication.

These are tailor-made for each individual and support their daily activities, including personal care, education, social and leisure activities.

The Visual Communication Department is responsible for making all of our visual cue cards, behavioural cues, tools, social stories and structured leisure activities, theme night boxes and art packs.

All the people we support at Alderwood LLA have individual programmes and all resources are personalised taking great care to match an individual’s ability and communication level.

During both Behaviour Workshops and Adult Development Programme (ADP) meetings referrals are made and resources designed. 

How do we use DBT to support people at Alderwood?

We’ve adapted the DBT principles to provide an effective therapeutic approach for those we support and we’re proud to have become a DBT centre of excellence. We provide specialist DBT-based support for autistic people, and to people who have a learning disability, mental health conditions and personality disorders.

When you choose Alderwood, you’ll automatically have access to our specialist teams who will help you or your loved one to live a happy and fulfilled life.

  • Person-centered support that focuses on coping with acceptance and change, and learning how to manage behaviours and thoughts that are not helpful.
  • Support from a dedicated Psychology Team who continuously develops the Alderwood DBT programme based on the latest research and techniques.
  • The opportunity to work with your own DBT Champion at home every day to support you to make positive changes in how you approach situations.
  • Set and achieve goals and aspirations, build confidence, and develop independence through developing new skills in a supportive and homely environment.

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