Why “restraint reduction” won’t work

Physical restraint has rightly been getting a lot of attention in recent years. Since the BBC Panorama programme on Winterbourne View in 2011 there has been an increased attention towards abusive practices. There are risks that physical interventions can be misapplied and used abusively. There are also significant risks of harm to people who experience …

PBS, ABA, and Neurodiversity

For a few years now, I have been approached on Twitter and other social media platforms by people who describe themselves as Neurodiverse, or #actuallyautistic. For those who have experienced or witnessed these conversations you have probably noticed that communications can be excessive and offensive. If you haven’t experienced this faithmummy’s blog gives a good …

Debrief for family’s

By Jen Fookes Incidents of behaviour that challenge can often leave staff feeling emotional, shocked, stressed and traumatised. Debriefing systems for the individual and for support staff after an incident can be a valuable process. Offering support, understanding the behaviour and identifying needs. From lessons learnt support interventions and training to increase skills can be …

Why I am starting a @WeHateSpoons troll account

We all know there are lovers of Applied Behaviour Analysis and haters. Everyone is entitled to their own views and most people can accept some people think differently to them. Today I have been having a very interesting chat with a twitter account by the name of ABA Controversy UK – @abaukdiscussion It really doesn’t …

It’s not just quality of life

You will no doubt have heard someone say Positive Behaviour Support is all about improving quality of life. “We just listened to what he wanted…” or “We did things his way and now we don’t need to restrain him” are some of the common themes you will hear in this perspective. I agree without a …

A different way of “working” #LDWeek17 #TransformingCare #TransformingLives

Keith Jarvis, our Service Development Worker describes how PBS4 is changing the lives of people we employ: I would like to tell you about another side of PBS, a side that is sometimes forgotten, But is an important part of the support we offer. That is the journey of our Enablement Assistants, as they see …

My training #LDWeek17 #TransformingCare #TransformingLives

Ian is a man we support. He was involved in his teams induction training. Here is his feedback What went well? It was beneficial for me and the staff. I found it indicated to me that the staff needed a lot of training, which they got. Now I have the right staff and that’s why …

A fresh start #LDWeek17 #TransformingCare #TransformingLives

For #LDWeek17 here is how our Enablement Assistant Hilary Taylor-McCaffey is finding her role: I wanted to share a little bit about my experiences with Ian so far. I have worked in care for the past three and a half years. Before that I went through job after job, constantly looking for something rewarding and …

#TransformingCare #TransformingLives #LDWeek17 Improving Communication

Our Enablement Leader, Lisa Malia, shares her experience: I do a lot of work with PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems) with a person we support. We subscribe to a system called Communicate In Print from Widget. I have made lots of symbols available for the person we support by identifying what is important to her …