By John Clements

Individuals with developmental disabilities occasionally behave in ways in which others, or they themselves, regard as challenging. This unique publication is set what practitioners can do to make feel of these behaviors in order that participants might be extra successfully supported. the writer bargains useful thoughts for amassing and interpreting information regarding behaviors, in partnership with the person involved, as a way to achieve an invaluable knowing of why a specific habit happens. The inclusion of case histories, with corresponding habit plans, sincerely demonstrates the real-life program of review equipment. With its powerful emphasis at the value of creating equitable, respectful relationships among execs and other people with studying disabilities, this can be a ebook that execs concerned about the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities will locate useful.

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Both activities are necessary. However, in reviewing the information available great care is needed. The lives of people with disabilities often generate a lot of documentation. Much of the material available in charts (files) is a mix of important information, trivia and poorly substantiated opinion. There are often serious omissions. At the early stages of trying to get close to the other, it will be important to focus upon factual information rather than opinion and interpretation. Later we may consider opinion but as we begin the process of trying to get a sense of the other we are going to be more helped by facts – events that happened, reactions observed, verified Relationships in Assessment – The Empathy Mode 39 likes and dislikes, issues that engage the other, that seem important to her, information that is clearly absorbed and information that does not seem to get through, recurring or stable themes over time, changes over time.

Clarifying the enterprise – power and relationships revisited What are we doing in people’s lives? This book is aimed at a practitioner audience – it is aimed at those people who, like the author, are paid to enter the lives of people identified as disabled. We may be paid directly by the person herself, or more likely by some kind of agency charged with providing services to the person. Even if paid directly, the money often originates from taxes paid by many members of society so that there is some accountability to more than just the individual involved.

Teacher? Some of us may have a formal role with attached authority (for example, teacher in a society where schooling is compulsory). Most of us have no such formal authority. If we are to let go of the informal authority that we have discussed above, we have to gain and to exercise influence through the relationship that we forge, whatever name we use for this relationship. So what? This is not a matter of words – about how a thing shall be called. It is the determining influence about what goes into a book like this.

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