Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 87

GROUP MUSIC ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

It’s Monday evening and I am just finished a drama class with a group of people with intellectual disability. We know each other well and meet every Monday for two hours to create, talk, discover and uncover our stories through drama. today the theme was bullying; as I make my way home, I am left humming the tune of...

FORENSIC ISSUES IN ADOLESCENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

From time to time a book is published that is important to practitioners working in specialist disabilities services—this is one of them. People with disabilities come to the attention of the police and the courts, but very often the needs of this small, but growing, group of people are not brought to the attention of the courts in a...

DISABILITY PSYCHOTHERAPY: The analytical treatment approach

Disability psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment approach concerned with providing psychotherapeutic supports for people with disabilities. While psychotherapy has not traditionally been considered a treatment option for people with intellectual disabilities, this approach advocates that individuals have a rich and mature emotional life despite any cognitive impairment (Sinason 1992). The analytic approach seeks to explore the individual’s inner world...

PREPARING FOR REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Part 3: Conducting self-Assessments and Audit

Introduction/background The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory authority with responsibility for setting standards for health and social care services and for ensuring that such standards are met. HIQA is responsible for the registration and inspection of residential services for people with disabilities under the Health Act (2007). The Authority published National Quality Standards: Residential Services for...

Edward Dunne, CEO of Nua Healthcare

When we think of service providers, we usually think of the HSE or the Voluntary Sector. How is Nua Healthcare different? Well, essentially Nua Healthcare is a private limited company or ‘for profit’ entity. This model is quite common in the UK and Northern Ireland, but seems somewhat alien in the Republic, given the historical make up of services in...

TALKING STRAIGHT ABOUT SERVICES

Recently I had the opportunity to listen in on the staff conference of an Irish intellectual disability service organisation. Christy Lynch had been invited to set the ‘National Context’ for the day’s discussion. No better man! He continues to visit other countries, and other continents, as supported employment guru; he has recently been elevated to the status of ‘De-institutionalisation...

SO, HOW AM I DOING? Employee appraisal systems as a tool for enhanced performance

Human resource management has evolved over the last thirty years and best practice now envisages how to support the employee in order to bring out the best capabilities and performance to the advantage of both the organisation and the employee. Good appraisal systems have at their heart the ability to motivate and incentivise employees, while simultaneously seeking to avoid...

ONE PERSON AT A TIME

We recognise that new ways of supporting people with disabilities to live enviable lives are desperately needed. Many initiatives have been developed with the earnest intent to find better ways of supporting people to live good lives. Some of these initiatives are being referred to as ‘individualised’, while others use ‘Person-centred’ verbiage. Some focus on ‘self-determination’, while others emphasise...

20 YEARS OF ARTS AND CRAFTS!

Fiona O’Farrell, arts and craft instructor in Sunbeam House Services, celebrated 20 years of offering arts and crafts tuition with Sunbeam House Service users on the 6th of June. A special celebratory Arts Day was held in Fiona’s art room and a group of volunteer artists joined in with her and SHS service users to spend a day creating...

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Physical activity generally refers to exercise and physical fitness as important elements of a healthy lifestyle. Approximately 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is necessary each day for an adult to acquire vital health benefits. Recommendations for children are 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland 2009). Physical activity can be...