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.
Address Unique Needs of Persons Served
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.
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.
Ruth answers some of the most frequently asked questions about dual diagnosis and self-injurious behaviour. She also discusses some of the terrible consequences that can occur when self-abusive activity is assumed to be volitional.
Ruth discusses what should be kept in mind when interviewing someone with an intellectual disability about critical medical information.
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.
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.
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
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."
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!