DROWNING BY DAVID PITONYAK

It might seem odd that a professional would ignore someone who is drowning. But as David Pitonyak explains, this happens all the time in our field. People who have disabilities and difficult behavior are often overboard and terrified, and we barely seem to notice.

About the module: Jumping Into the Chaos by David Pitonyak

David Pitonyak has a way of understanding and communicating the needs of people who have been labelled as having challenging behavior that is profoundly straightforward. This module offers a unique compilation of tips gleaned from David’s library of adventure books (most particularly, Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm). Often people with challenging behavior are overboard, drowning, terrified, and we barely seem to notice.

David Pitonyak explains the ways in which people can change physiologically and psychologically in the face of threat and helps us to understand why remaining calm and clear of purpose is critical to the well-being of a person in crisis.

This module features presentations from David Pitonyak, Beth Mount, and Doreen Kelly.

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

– Understand the ways in which we change physiologically and psychologically in the face of threat.

– Understand why remaining calm and clear of purpose is critical to the well-being of a person in crisis.

– Contribute to a crisis support plan based on the unique needs of the individual served.

– Understand the importance of a support plan for the person’s supporters based on their unique needs.

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy by Dave Hingsburger

Direct support staff can now use the time they spend with the people they support to help those people to learn about relationships, dating, and intimacy. We proudly launch this new three part series of Side by Side module written by Dave Hingsburger.

These modules have been designed to help the people you support to develop a wide range of relationships in a more confident and safe way.

Side by Side learning is a concept unique to Open Future Learning. Side by Side modules allow the people who receive support and the people who provide support to learn together.

Part 1 of this three-part series has been designed to help people to have a good healthy relationships.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

– Understand what give-and-tanke and sharing and caring mean in a relationship.

– Explain some different ways that two people can be nice to one another.

– Understand how to respect and take care of another person’s feelings.

– Explain what consent means and what it means in terms of sex.

Part 2 of this three-part series has been designed to help you become more comfortable with dating.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

– Describe how, where, and when you might meet someone.

– Understand the importance of getting to know, liking and spending time with people first.

– Explain how to ask someone out.

– Describe good ways of dealing with rejection.

Part 3 in this three-part series has been designed to help you learn the rules around being sexual with another person.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

– Understand what it means to be intimate with another person.

– Explain that you only become intimate with and have sex with another person when you both have made a decision to do so.

– Describe why it matters when and where yo have sec and the importance of being safe.

Dave Hingsburger has worked for over 35 years in the field of sexuality and intellectual disabilities. Hingsburger has worked in a variety of positions during that time, but has always worked directly with people with intellectual disabilities in some capacity. Presently, he is the Director of Clinical and Educational Supports at Vita Community Living Services in Toronto.

Dave Hingsburger has written many books and journal articles, and currently writes an award winning disability blog. Hingsburger lectures at a national and international level on a broad range of intellectual disability related topics. In 2009 Dave Hingsburger was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.

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DOES YOUR TONE OF VOICE CHANGE?

Are you training staff that are new to the field? Check out our module “Introduction to Your Role”. This module , written by David Pitonyak, provides the perfect platform to embed understanding, respect, and person-centered values. Having spent most of his career working with people who are said to exhibit “difficult behaviors”, Pitonyak explains that most people exhibit difficult behaviors because they are misunderstood and/or because they are living lives that don’t make sense.  “Introduction to Your Role” is a great module to help your new and experienced training staff help the people they support better.

This module offers a succinct introduction to the role of the support staff person, and therefore is a great starting place for new employees and people who are new to the field.

This module includes video presentations from Lynda Kahn, Gary Kent, Sam Sly, Dave Hingsburger, David Hasbury, Simon Haywood, Marc Tumeinski, Beth Mount, Bernard Carabello, Simon Duffy, and Margaret Cushen.

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

– Define and describe a developmental disability and its causes.

– Describe other commonly associated conditions.

– Explain how a developmental disability can impact the person’s life.

– Describe a range of experiences that impact the person’s life including segregation, congregation, negative perception and treatment, socal devaluation, loneliness, poor health, poverty and abuse.

– Explain the importance of the person’s history and the involvement of their family.

– Define John O’Brien’s five valued experiences and explain how they can support a good and meaningful life.

– Using the Code of Ethics developed by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals you will be able to explain the purpose of the following concepts and how they refer to your role:

person-centered support

promoting physical and emotional well-being

integrity and responsibility

confidentiality

respect

justice, fairness, and equity

relationships

self determination

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FASD SUPPORTING SUCCESS!

Historically many people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, also known as FASD, have not been understood or properly supported. This module will provide you with information and basic practical adjustments that can lead to good lives for the people you support who live with FASD.

This module includes presentations from Marsha Wilson, Myles Himmelreich, Christine Lilley, and Elizabeth McWilliams Hewitt.

Marsha Wilson uses her over 30 years of experience working with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to lend advice for those who support people with this disorder.

Myles Himmelreich, a well-known motivational speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, shares his experiences, both challenges and sucess that he has faced living with FASD.

Christine Liley is a psychologist, whose focus has included many different kinds of neurodevelopmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), intellectual disabilities, genetic syndromes, and learning disabilities.

Elizabeth McWilliam shares her experiences as a field worker of developental disabilities, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

– Explain what Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is and how it affects the brain.

– Understand the differences and difficulties that people with FASD experience.

– Describe a wide range of practical approaches and strategies to successfully support people who have FASD.

Module Length: 105 Minutes

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HANDS OFF IT’S MY HOME!

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Learn how everyone can take control of their lives and watch this trailer from our module “Self-Determination”.  In this module, the author Simon Duffy uses his expansive knowledge to explain what self-determination means.  A combination of graphics and short films combine with Duffy’s easy read writing style to highlight the importance of control and the understanding that everyone can take control of their lives.

This module includes video presentations from Simon Duffy, Lynda Kahn, Steve Dymond, Dave Hingsburger, Sam Sly, Jack Pearpoint, Patti Scott, Dave Hasbury, and Bernard Carabello.

Upon successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

– Define why being in control is important to everyone.

– Explain how everyone can be in control, even when people have significant disabilities.

– Explain how to help people take control of their own lives.

– Understand how to work in partnership with others to maximize self-determination.

– Describe how people can stay in control and still be safe.

– Explain how the best support helps people to be full citizens.

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