Support for Learning Disabilities
The past three decades have seen a true revolution in the way that support for people who live with learning disabilities is provided. Large, centralised institutions have now been completely closed. It is very important to state that many of the staff who worked in these settings were kind and did their best in very difficult circumstances, but the fact remains that staffing numbers were low and facilities were poor, which frequently led to a task-based and undignified care regime.
Thankfully, we are now at a point where everyone who lives with a learning disability has the opportunity to live in a community-based setting. This could be their own home, with occasional visiting support to ensure that they are managing and not being taken advantage of, through to highly-staffed settings, where staff accompany individuals to enjoy all of the community benefits that we take for granted. The overall focus is on people leading their lives as independently as possible, with support being available as needed
Like all branches of the support-work profession, working with people who live with learning disabilities is a highly skilled role, which calls on staff to have great empathy and to work with person-centred values. For example, one person may be very frightened by trying out new experiences and needs encouragement and reassurance, whereas another person may want to rush at the same experience when a build-up is required, so some diplomacy and risk-assessing will be needed
Our Short Courses on Learning Disabilities
Introduction to Learning Disabilities
Working with People who live with a Learning Disability
Autism Spectrum Conditions – an overview
Working with People who live with Multiple and Profound Disabilities
Working with People who live with dually-diagnosed Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Difficulties
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Positive Behaviour Support and Learning Disabilities
At Acumen Care Education, we constantly promote the concepts that most people who live with a learning disability do not become challenging, and that there are almost always ways of working with people to prevent challenging behaviour from arising. At the same time, we recognise that behaviours may sometimes occur, perhaps because of communication problems and misunderstandings, or because an individual may not have the full ability to think through the consequences of their actions.
Acumen Care Education are a leading provider of PBS training, with customers in both the public and private sectors. If you need this training, we are happy to discuss your service’s exact needs, and devise both a theory and practice programme that meets your unique requirements.
All of these courses can be made bespoke to your needs. Our portfolio is constantly expanding, so if you cannot find what you are looking for we can carry out a Training Needs Analysis with you, and devise a course specific to your needs.