Bev Ashman, Julie Beadle-Brown

An Introduction to Active Support

Booklet

A guide to supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

An Introduction to Active Support is an accessible and informative resource for frontline learning disability support staff, volunteer workers and carers

£9.95

Description

The booklet explains what active support is and why it is important to benefit and aid the understanding of learning disabilities support staff, personal assistants, volunteers as well as friends and family of people with learning disabilities. It furthermore explains what active and meaningful engagement is and gives examples of engagement and disengagement.

The four key principles of active support are explained:

  • Every moment has potential – viewing everything that happens at home and in the community as an opportunity
  • Little and often – supporting participation in the small parts of each opportunity with slow, quiet and obvious support
  • Graded assistance – providing just enough of the right type to help to enable the person to take part successfully in that activity at the time
  • Maximising choice and control – seeking opportunities for people to make more choices and take more control in when and how they will be engaged

An Introduction to Active Support: A guide to supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can either be used as a stand alone resource, or as part of an induction pack.

Audience

An Introduction to Active Support: A guide to supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will benefit and aid the understanding of learning disabilities support staff, personal assistants, volunteers as well as friends and family of people with learning disabilities.

Details

ISBN: 9781910366899
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 11 September 2015

Content:
There are five key elements to this booklet:

Introduction
Section 1 – Explanation of person-centered active support and its importance
Section 2 – Quality of life and engagement
Section 3 – Engagement in meaningful activity and relationships
Section 4 – The essential principles of active support

An Introduction to active support: A guide to supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is based on the Person-centred active support training materials by Jim Mansell, Julie Beadle-Brown, Bev Ashman and John Ockenden first published in 2004, as well as drawing on more recent publications and on the authors’ experiences of implementing active support in practice.

Authors

Bev Ashman is the practice development co-ordinator for United Response, a national organisation providing a range of services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or physical disabilities in England and Wales.
She has been working with people with learning disabilities in New Zealand and the UK for more than 30 years and her interests include practice, service development, service systems and challenging behaviour.

Bev has been working to assist United Response implement and evaluate active support nationally since 1998.

Julie Beadle-Brown is professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disability at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent and in Disability Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her teaching, research and consultancy focuses on promoting better quality of life for people with learning disabilities and autism through high quality, community based services at both national and international levels. In particular, she has researched, published and consulted on deinstitutionalisation and community living and on person centred approaches such as active support and what is needed in terms of workforce development and leadership to ensure better quality of life outcomes for people with disabilities.

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