Do you have permission to touch disabled people?

Do your support staff seek permission before they touch people? Our members use us to create better support relationships. Watch this video:

 

 

Our new module ‘Personal and Intimate Care’ offers several very practical strategies that can be used to seek permission even when people do not use words to speak.

 

Parallel talk is one such example. Parallel talk simply means describing your actions before and as you take them. It can be as simple as: “I’m just going to reach over for the shaving foam…okay I’m ready to start by helping you wet your face…now are you ready for me to carry on?” The key is ensuring the person is always aware of what is happening well before it happens. A key word, phrase or behavior can indicate someone’s choice. Many people give permission without speech – it could be their facial expression, their posture or simply their gaze. So you wait for their response, then move on.

 

In the busyness of our work we can forget about humanity really fast. Parallel talk slows us down and reestablishes that connection. Plus when combined with a routine that all staff follow, it can encourage learning. Every time you describe what you do, the individual gets to hear and experience the routine. Without knowing it, learning starts happening and at that point even people with profound disabilities will start to participate in the routine.

 

Preserving dignity and promoting control are two of the most important tasks a support staff person undertakes. Why? Because we expect it ourselves.

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN USE OPEN FUTURE …

– with groups of staff.

– on your phone.

– with the people you support.

 

Schedule a demo and then you can get your first month free! No contract. Email for more information: hello@openfuturelearning.org

 

Learn more about all of our modules here.

 

Personal & Intimate Care – NEW MODULE!

If you understand the power that direct support staff have when they provide personal and intimate care, then you will also know how important this essential training is. Watch the trailer:

 

 

Learning outcomes:

 

– Provide assistance from the perspective of the person you support that is sensitive, calm, respectful, private and patient.

– Help people to be able to make choices and be in control, even when they do not communicate by using words.

– Understand what parallel talk is and how it can be used to seek permission.

– Create and built on the boundaries between you and the person you support.

– Explain how to create and the purpose of a protocol for personal care.

 

Learn more about this and all of our modules here.

 

 

Do people with disabilities have a right to choice?

Did you know?

– Our learning modules be used to train groups of staff.

– When you train groups of staff you only use one seat on your membership.

– You can complete our modules on any device.

– You can make your own modules.

– When staff access a custom module they do not use a seat.

 

Have a free demo and trial by emailing hello@openfuturelearning.org

 

Learn more about all of our modules here.

 

 

How Not to Handle Rejection

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Supporting and Understanding Communication

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Building Friendships and Community

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Boundaries by Dave Hingsburger

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Boundaries are the most important social skill for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In this module, David Hingsburger explains how boundaries that are a learned skill that needs to be taught, and how how to teach them. Continue reading

Me and Mine

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Dave Hingsburger will change the way you think about your work and the way that you support people. Our new module ‘Me and Mine’ explores the importance of self and the need to help the people you support to develop … Continue reading

Slightly Inspirational Health and Safety Training

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The words ‘inspirational’ and ‘health and safety’ may not sit easily together. But not many health and safety training courses feature contributions from leading thinkers like Dave Hingsburger, David Pitonyak, Dave Hasbury, and John Raffaele. This module will help to … Continue reading