Address Unique Needs of Persons Served

Presume Competence (11:50)

Presenter: Anne Donnellan
Posted May 07, 2019

In this video, Anne discusses the importance and power of presuming competence and focusing on strengths and abilities.  Using examples from her own experience as a behavioural consultant, she offers two compelling stories illustrating how focusing on a person’s positive attributes can dramatically improve their quality of  life.

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Sometimes Communication is About Not Talking! (06:28)

Presenter: Anne Donnellan
Posted April 04, 2019

Anne Donnellan points out that many autistic individuals have atypical non-verbal communication which can lead non-autistic people to make inaccurate and harmful assumptions about that person's cognitive ability and competence.  Anne suggests that if we can change our way of communicating and avoid these erroneous presumptions, we can open up new avenues of authentic and respectful interaction with autistic individuals who struggle with language.

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Key Elements of Respectful Support (09:56)

Presenter: STEP Deaf Managers
Posted February 04, 2019

Five Deaf managers who work at STEP, a support agency in Sacramento, draw on their experience as managers as well as their experience of being Deaf and talk about five core values that need to be kept in mind for support to be respectful.

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What We Need to Remember about Dual Diagnosis (11:07)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted January 02, 2018

When a person has an intellectual disability, co-existing mental health issues are often overlooked if even considered.  Mental health issues are often simply seen as "behaviour problems", and result in the application of behaviour programs. Unfortunately, many behaviour programs simply deal with the expression of the problem, not the cause. Karyn suggests that this is an unjust and damaging response, and offers practical suggestions for what support staff can do when they recognize  the  possibility of mental health issues. She offers ideas that can help support staff to ensure that individuals receive the support and care they need and deserve.

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Supporting People through Grief and Loss (11:01)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted November 06, 2017

Karyn talks about how pervasive experiences of grief and loss are among people with intellectual disabilities, and how often expressions of grief and loss are misinterpreted as "behavioural issues". She offers practical suggestions on what support staff can do to help someone going through this process. She introduces a resource she's developed called the "My Goodbye Book", and offers suggestions about how staff can use this booklet to assist people experiencing grief.

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Responding to Trauma: What Works and What Doesn't. (13:45)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted June 05, 2017

 Combining her clinical background with her experience in the field, Karyn outlines a number of practical and effective ways of responding to individuals who have experienced trauma.  She also warns about interventions which can make the trauma worse

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What's even More Important than Sex? (13:05)

Presenter: Dave Hingsburger
Posted May 30, 2017

Focusing on sexuality can lead us to overlook individuals' longing for intimacy and relationships. Dave explores this confusion between sexuality and intimacy and suggests that we look up from the "groin to the heart."

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What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder? (14:10)

Presenter: Amythest Schaber - Ask an Autistic
Posted April 15, 2017

What are auditory processing disorders? Is Central Auditory Processing Disorder a cognitive or sensory issue? Do all autistic people have auditory processing issues? What is having CAPD like? What are some ways that I can accommodate people with CAPD? Amythest answers all of these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic!

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