This practical, fully illustrated manual is packed with easy-to-run, fun activities for individuals and groups of people with intellectual disabilities who may be at risk of boredom and under-achievement. Recognising the extra restrictions which the covid-19 pandemic is placing on people in supported settings or living with families, the hands-on manual brings together a wealth of tried and tested ideas, specially designed to engage people with diverse learning, physical or behavioural needs, with or without support as needed. Each of the 52 clearly structured activities has plain English guidance to help the person to achieve, plus options to extend it further, utilising everyday resources available in most homes and other settings. The accompanying guidance, based on Adult and Community Education principles, enables support staff and others to provide fulfilling activities led by the interests and needs of the person, and to reflect on delivery of each activity and lessons learned.
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Support staff in all health and social care settings within intellectual disability and autism services, including supported living, residential homes, ATUs, day services and secure settings; Personal assistants, occupational therapists and others organising social and leisure activities; Teachers, teaching assistants and support assistants in secondary schools, colleges and community education with SEND pupils; Informal carers, family members, people with intellectual disabilities and related needs, and volunteers.
ISBN: 978 1 913414 98 6
Publication Date: February 2021
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Who is it for?
Structure and Materials
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About the Topic
About the topic
Covid-19 led to day services closing, restrictions to usual community activities, and visits with loved ones being curtailed overnight. The Covid19 pandemic continues to limit opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities outside their homes, and in certain service settings, necessary restrictions can further limit engagement in community life. Support staff, families and others have the task of seeking ideas for activities to manage the risk of boredom, offer some structured time to a day and provide achievable fun tasks. Individuals themselves benefit from fun activities where they have the chance to use and develop skills in choice-making, literacy, numeracy, social interaction and daily living. Many settings may have limited resources and no internet, so it is vital that there are easy to pick up activities that make use of everyday materials and objects, and can be run without dependence on technology. Also, it is important that activities and accompany guidance ensure that activities are carefully crafted to reduce the risk of a person feeling overly-challenged, or dissatisfied with their own lives or needs. Activities need to be capable of adjustment or extension so that they can be led by the needs and interests of the person. Finally, the principles of Adult and Community Education should incorporate facility for supporters to reflect on delivery of each activity and lessons learned. Written by experts in education and the involvement of people with intellectual disabilities and autism, this manual meets all these requirements.
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