Room to move: A book for parents of young people with learning disabilities leaving home

Alison Cowen

Leaving home is a rite of passage which most young people take for granted. For young people with learning disabilities, the decision to leave home usually has to be taken in a more carefully planned way.

Room to move looks at the practical and emotional issues involved when a young person leaves home to live independently of their family. The book draws on the experiences of parents and young people, showing how they cope during and after the move. There are practical tips for parents and also views from the people who are the focus of the book – the young people themselves.

Written primarily for parents of young people with learning disabilities, it will also be of interest to staff and managers working with families and young people, helping them to anticipate and alleviate the emotional and practical concerns of both parents and young people.