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Case studies on mentalizing and non-mentalizing communication during daily care for children and adults with a visual impairment, intellectual disability and/or with problematic attachment

Presentatie (Engelstalig) van Francien Dekker tijdens het 4e IASSIDD Europe Congres in Wenen in juli 2014.


‘Learning how to mentalize’ is a Dutch book focusing on useful and practical information concerning mentalizing and ‘non’ mentalizing communication between parents, caregivers and teachers and a person with an intellectual and visual disability. The aim of this study was to add case examples to the guideline for mentalizing caregiving. These case studies were collected from practical experience in the care for children and adults with a visual impairment an intellectual disability.


Over a period of 12 months 20 case examples were collected to explain mentalizing (8 cases) and ‘non’ mentalizing communication (12 cases).


Mentalization based caregiving can reduce the level of stress, can regulate emotions and can help the caregiver to stay in contact with the child/adult. Furthermore, it can enhance the level of sensitivity of the caregiver and their coping with challenging behaviour. The case examples describing mentalizing and non-mentalizing caregiving may add to caregiver knowledge and understanding concerning mentalization based caregiving.


The case examples can be used for general information. They can also, when added to the guidelines give parents, caregivers and teachers more understanding on mentalization based caregiving.

Alle presentaties van het IASSIDD Europe Congres 2014