Behaviour and Special Needs
Positive behaviour management will be promoted using appropriate visual structure.
The calm, well planned and structured environment we offer ensures that interfering or aversive stimuli are removed or reduced enabling the client to feel relaxed.
Our Clients have:
- challenging behaviour that precludes placement in other day provision;
- extreme difficulty communicating and interacting socially;
- a very restricted range of interests and activities;
- a strong tendency to resist change in their routines;
- very repetitive obsessive and compulsive behaviours;
- extreme hypersensitivity to sensory stimulation.
A history of severe challenging behaviour is a major factor when considering clients for admission to the provision. It is recognised that clients admitted to the provision will be those who require a very substantial amount of support and who by the very nature of their difficulties may undoubtedly pose special challenges for staff.
We aim to:
- develop and provide effective support for families;
- develop effective assessment procedures and effective provision
- develop the knowledge, understanding and expertise of our staff in an ongoing way
- ensure that our interventions are based on approaches, which have a
- proven track record of success, and allow ongoing evaluation;
- promote the development of spontaneous and directed communication;
- provide individualised progression programmes
- promote the development of independence in ‘real’ activities with opportunities to learn and generalise skills in ‘real’ settings.
To effect this we will work in partnership with other statutory agencies and families and relatives to develop effective community support structures.
We adopt a multi-agency approach with programmes and provision forming part of a coherent multi-agency plan for the clients will be established. The objectives set in a multi-agency plan can then help to determine targets and strategies, which can be monitored and reviewed for effectiveness.
Staffing in the Centre will usually comprise a manager/team leaders and experienced support workers. Consultant with experience of TEACCH will provide regular consultancy and support within the provision.
Skills & Training
Staff training is implemented so as to ensure that all staff who come into contact with clients have an appropriate level of training. Parents will also be supported if possible in the development of the skills they need at home.
Within the Liberty Centre the physical environment is organised for clients so as to clarify tasks and boundaries and minimise visual and auditory distractions. Clients are provided with clear routines and opportunities to develop systematic work habits with the use of schedules and work systems to support them in organising their time.
Our communication goals include promoting spontaneous and directed communication using visual means etc.
Independent Living Skills
The Centre’s model focus on individualised independent living skills programme which includes ‘My Passport’, ‘My Body’, ‘My Self’, ‘My Future’ and ‘My World’ (See the Centre Model). These covers issues such as:
- functional communication – expressive and receptive
- social interaction skills
- planning and managing change
- handling / coping with transitions
- relaxation, leisure skills and community access
- self-management across setting
- independent living skills
- self care skills
- home management skills
Families and Relatives
We work in partnership with families, encourage their involvement,through regular meetings with management where we agree shared goals and strategies.
In order to create optimum communication and the learning of new skills, the Centre has specific environmental features are in place.
- Each client has their own individual work space.
- Comfort heating allows for rooms to be maintained at levels suited to individual clients.
- Rooms are decorated in low-arousal colours.
- Lighting is soft to avoid negative sensory input. Where clients are more comfortable in darkened rooms this is accepted.
- Physical organisation in work rooms, group areas, kitchen, bathrooms and the grounds is maintained.
- A calm, positive ambience is encouraged.
- Work systems, instructions and reminders of rules and routines are presented visually.
- Visual information is presented in various forms (objects, pictures, written, symbols and photographs) so that each client can gain the most meaning from the environment
A TEACCH intervention strategy will be adopted as it has shown to successfully support people with autism.
We work toward improving clients behaviour; independent skills; relatedness; improved communication; social and leisure skills and community integration.
Resources are be related to the needs of individual clients for example, individual work spaces, access to centre facilities, access to the community facilities eg restaurants, parks, swimming, bowling etc.
A car with a driver provides individual transport for each client to and from the Centre as well as support for community access.