Do people with profound multiple disabilities engage in humour?

Pagliano, Paul (2009) Do people with profound multiple disabilities engage in humour? In: Proceedings of 2009 South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment Biennial Conference, pp. 1-7. From: 2009 South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment Biennial Conference, 5 - 9 January 2009, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

Humour has important implications for quality of life. This paper reports on research conducted in which stories told by parents, guardians and support workers about how individuals with profound, multiple disabilities engage in humour in their everyday life were analysed. The analysis occurred from a number of different perspectives including stage of humour development and the way the humour is used, whether it be to modify one's own emotional state, as a social tool or something far more sophisticated and unexpected. Findings indicate that appropriate humour not only helps to make life more enjoyable for everyone including people with profound multiple disabilities, it can also be a powerful tool for inclusion and social wellbeing. This paper therefore concludes that humour needs to be taken much more seriously in the education of children with profound, multiple disabilities.

Item ID: 11189
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: humour; profound multiple disabilities
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 05:57
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 100%
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