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:
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:
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.
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.
We promote social interaction providing clients with specific programmes for personal and independent living skill development.
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:
Home-centre books and telephone calls with families and regular reviews provide opportunities for the exchange of information between home and the Centre.
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.
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.