Building Friendships and Community

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In this module, leading expert Kay Mills frames her personal experiences with stories of people she has worked with to comprehensively explain how we can help people to build friendships and community. Kay begins by defining both friendships and community … Continue reading

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

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Repeated exposure to abuse, social exclusion and rejection has had a devastating affect on the people we support. Trauma affects the way our brains develop and function and it leaves a lasting impression. Welcome to our new module titled ‘Trauma-Informed Care’ … Continue reading

DROWNING BY DAVID PITONYAK

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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 … Continue reading

Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy by Dave Hingsburger

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Relationship, Dating and Intimacy expert, Dave Hingsburger, shares with you his knowledge about the importance of assisting the people we support with developing positive relationships, experiencing dating and intimacy in order to have a fulfilled life. This side-by-side module allows the people who receive support and the people who provide support to learn together. Continue reading

DOES YOUR TONE OF VOICE CHANGE?

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Written by David Pitonyak, this module offers all staff members insight to the role of the support staff person. This module provides the perfect platform to embed understanding, respect, and person-centered values. Continue reading

HOW TO BE PERSON-CENTERED?

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Being person-centered helps you to learn about and understand the uniqueness of each person that you support. With the aid of both Beth Mount and Simon Duffy, your staff will have a better understanding of how being person-centered helps the people we support to take control of their lives and make their own choices. Continue reading

Five More Things You Can Do

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David Pitonyak is back with another five things you can do to support someone who has behavior that is challenging.   When the person you support is going through a difficult time, friendships, a positive identity, fairness, and fun are commonly … Continue reading

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

Active Support

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Active support is an approach that was developed to help combat the lack of engagement in meaningful activities and relationships experienced by people who receive support. Active support is about doing with, not for or to. Continue reading

Three Steps to Employment

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We have broken down the steps to employment into three bite size modules regarding employment. These three side-by-side modules with both the staff assist as well as the people we support to think about becoming employed, the types of employment opportunities available, and how to find employment and stay employed. Continue reading

Difficult Families?

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What can we learn from the families we support and work with? This video is a celebration of families and what we can learn from them. The moving and thoughtful words of the families who made this video will help … Continue reading

Five Things You Can Do

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This module, created by David Pitonyak, explains the importance of staff members getting to know the people they support. They need to understand that all behavior is meaningful and the importance of having support plans in place. Continue reading

The Moth Project

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“Every family member has a story.” Here are a few of the amazing family members who took part in our collaborative project with “The Moth.” These parents had stories to spare! It was an absolute privilege and a gift to … Continue reading

Do the Write Thing

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We are excited to announce the release of our newest module Do the Write Thing. Behind every word we write, there is a person. But paperwork is loathed by almost every support professional in the field of human services. What … Continue reading

Something different…

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6OIrXGwk4o In this film Beth Mount explains how Person-Centered work differs from System-Centered. System-centered planning comes from the idea that the people we support are defined and treated through the idea of what the system needs in order to run … Continue reading