“Jenny has been providing support to her aunt’s daughter for the past 3 years. Although she has Autism, ADHD, a seizure disorder, and some sensory challenges, Megan has been pretty easy to support overall. There were days, like we all have, when Megan just simply didn’t want to engage in activities, not hear certain sounds, not wear certain materials, or even eat certain foods; but again, overall Megan was pretty easy to support. That is until she just randomly started hitting walls, attempting to bite me or our new house guest, run out of the house, and just more clingy than usual. Our new house guest, Shawn, has severe Cerebral Palsy and requires alot of my attention, so this causes Megan to have to wait longer in order to gain my attention. I don’t know what happened. It’s like she snapped!”
“My name is James and I have Autism. I have been studying for a long time to get my driver’s license. Last week, I got into trouble at work because I hit someone. I just want a car I can go see my friends when I want to. I don’t understand why people lie to me. I was told I can get my license, but now this man won’t sign my paperwork and this other lady is saying it isn’t safe for me to drive because I get so mad. There is no reason for me to try to do anything anymore. People always lie to me.”
Scenarios like the ones posted above happen every day to people across the world. There are many loving family members and Support Professionals that don’t quite understand what changed and how they can fix it. These wonderful people have tried responding to every concern, giving their loved ones treats, and even have tried ignoring behaviors, but the issues are still present.
In the first scenario, what do you think is the problem? Is there a problem? What about the second scenario? We can discuss these in more depth on the LEAF Facebook page.
I want to briefly discuss a little bit of what I do. So as many of you know, I am the Chief Operations Officer for Community Direct Services. Earlier this year, I became endorsed as a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator in the state of Virginia. I have been providing professional supports to people with Autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities since 2011, but this is a new credential under the belt (YAY ME!) Ok, so PBS is basically ” a set of research-based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person’s environment. Positive behavior support combines:
- Valued outcomes;
- Behavioral and biomedical science;
- Validated procedures; and
- Systems change to enhance quality of life and reduce problem behaviors. ” (www.apbs.org) Visit this link for more information.
As a result of me becoming endorsed, I will be able to provide supports to people like Megan, James, and other recipients of the Virginia Medicaid Waivers.
As always, thanks for stopping by the Executive Corner and I look forward to serving you. ~Namaste