Consider this question; a man is in the queue at a greasy spoon cafe. Why is he there?
Towards the end of last year I finished the final development and first deliveries of the Burley Inclusive Introduction to Communication and Behaviour courses. This has been a fantastic process and the reviews from participants and managers have been excellent and extremely encouraging. The courses are designed to aid understanding of communication and behaviour for support staff working with people with learning disabilities by providing key information and theory. In this training all the information is packaged into six words.
Auditory, Visual + Kinaesthetic
Biological, Psychological + Social
These ideas and concepts are explored through discussion, team activities, games, individual activities and most importantly self-application.
There are most definitely occasions where more than a few words are needed. Surgery springs to mind in the first instance! However, in terms of practical, useful and clear strategies, for many, less can often mean a lot more. I feel it is much better that course participants can all take away three things that can be practically implemented in their practice, than a vast amount of information and knowledge that may never turn into practical solution or consideration.
It is Burley Inclusive’s aim to help to promote best practice from education and social care for support workers supporting individuals with learning disabilities in a clear and practical manner. There are numerous qualifications ranging from PHDs and degrees to level one diplomas in learning disabilities. However, not everyone is in the appropriate circumstance to complete a degree course. Burley Inclusive aims to promote the themes and knowledge from longer and higher level courses that are desperately needed on the “front line” of learning disability support if the goals of independence, empowerment and autonomy are to be successfully achieved. Consistency between professionals is often cited as a key factor in learning disability support. No one can, or indeed should, replace the behavioural specialists, SENCO’s, Psychologists and all other professionals who need the highest level of training and knowledge, however some of their professional tool kit can go a long way in the hands of support workers in terms of promoting high quality support and service user independence.
Greasy Spoon Continued…
How many reasons did you think of for the greasy spoon question? The majority of you most likely instantly thought of hunger, but did you go any further? What if I changed the question to: Can you think of Biological possibilities, Psychological possibilities and Social possibilities? How many can you think of now?
Hunger? Fatigue? On a date? Childhood memories? To see friends? The man may hate McDonalds, but there are still lots of factors that can cause his behaviour. With the consideration of three words, a much deeper look at behaviour can be considered.
“He’s doing it for attention…” – Possibly, but what else could it be?