Healthcare psychologist Petra Poppes has drawn up some practical recommendations to raise awareness of challenging behaviour in people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) among parents and carers. People with PIMD sometimes bang or shout, or constantly move their fingers in front of their eyes. Their behaviour can be puzzling for the people around them. Poppes hopes to give clients more control over their own lives, give a voice to the speechless, as it were. Poppes works at ’s Heeren Loo Zorggroep in Amersfoort, and also as a researcher at the Department of Orthopedagogy & Clinical Educational Science at the University of Groningen. Together with her colleagues, she has founded the Expertisecentrum EMB (PIMD Expertise Centre), which will open its doors on 2 June 2016 during the ‘EMB Today’ (PIMD Today) conference in Utrecht.
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