This year Real Disability Care are delivering a wide variety of training courses for Staff/Carers of clients with a disability. The courses will be run by our experienced Multidisciplinary team. That consists of:

  • Amanda Wood – Director and Principle Psychologist
  • Carmel Poulter – Occupational Therapist
  • Katy Curtain – Speech Pathologist
  • Lisa Craig – Clinical Nurse Consultant

“Handle the risk”

Manual Handling for Disability Support Workers

Did you know workers in community services, including Disability Services have a higher than average chance of being seriously injured at work?

More than 64% of these injuries are caused by hazardous manual handling By the end of September 2011, more than $9 million had been paid out on workplace injury claims made in 2010-11 in Community Services. Overall, the average cost per claim is estimated to be $50,000 (Safe Work Australia Compendium 2013).

This workshop aims to provide staff with the information and skills to prevent and reduce hazards caused by incorrect manual handling. We will discuss the variety of manual handling techniques and the reasons why each client requires a separate manual handling protocol.

  • Presenter:Carmel PoulterOccupational Therapist
  • Duration:4 Hours

In this interactive and informative workshop you will learn:

  • How to safely transport people and equipment in vehicles
  • How to move and lift heavy objects
  • How to correctly transfer or assist a person. Such as; transferring from sitting to standing, or lying position to standing.
  • Demonstration and training of how to use lifting equipment such as hoists and standing frames (subject to availability of equipment in the training room).
  • How to safely transport someone. How to manoeuvre a wheelchair and/or mobility aids.

“Help me know what I need to do”

Creating schedules and positive communication to reduce challenging behaviours.

Consistent implementation of routines and schedules reduces the likelihood of challenging behaviours and ensures clients are receiving the highest quality of service. However at times it is hard to get everyone on the same page!

Preventing challenging behaviours is always the optimal work practice. A vital component of proactive behaviour support is ensuring that you have the correct systems, communication and understanding of client support needs on a daily basis.

At least 70% of challenging behaviours are due to poor communication of expectations and lack of consistency of daily routines. It is important to note that routine and daily schedules are not just for clients who are non-verbal or have autism. They benefit all clients by providing predictable experiences that reduce the likelihood of challenging behaviours.
In this interactive and informative workshop you will learn:

  • The importance of routines and transitions (change from one activity to another)
  • How to develop positive routines and transitions that reduce the likelihood of challenging behaviours from clients
  • How to Implement, monitor and review daily routines and transitions
  • Introduce basic Makaton/Auslan sign language to staff (optional)
  • How to choose what type of daily schedules and routines to implement as they come in many formats.
  • How to encourage and foster positive communication
  • Presenter:Carmel PoulterOccupational Therapist & Real Disability Care Speech Pathologist.
  • Duration:Full day workshop

“Let me be me”

Promoting your client’s independence.

A person with learning disabilities may need extra help and support with everyday activities. Independent living doesn’t mean that they have to live independently of support or care, rather that they should be supported to make choices in their everyday life. It is healthy for all people to move towards achieving as much independence as possible.

Becoming independent helps a client by:

  • Teaching them that it is OK to make mistakes
  • Helping them to discover the powerful learning that can result from making mistakes
  • Helping them to take responsibility for the decisions and choices they have made and will need to make into the future
  • Providing an opportunity to understand what happens when they make certain decisions
  • Allows them greater ability to make informed choices about their lives
  • Increase participation in the community
  • Promotes self-confidence and a feeling of self-worth
  • Presenter:Carmel PoulterOccupational Therapist.
  • Duration:Full day workshop

In this interactive and informative workshop you will learn:

  • Assessing a person ability and skills for their potential to perform specific tasks
  • Know the different types of prompts to promote maximum independence
  • How to teach self-help skills; such as making a cup of tea
  • Introduce aids and devices that promote independence

“Building Buddies”

Facilitating social skills between clients

Making friendships and spending quality time with people who share our interests is an important part of living a meaningful life and maintaining our wellbeing. For many people with a disability making friends and being “social” is difficult and has to be learnt.

This workshop aims to provide staff with strategies and skills to foster friendships between clients and teach clients appropriate social skills. Positive social relationships and teaching social skills increase positive behaviors and peer-relationships in clients with learning disabilities. It does this by improving their ability to cope within different environments; decrease the chance of inappropriate verbal comments and abuse towards staff and clients and know what is appropriate to do when they don’t like another person.

Presenter: Carmel Poulter, Occupational Therapist & Real Disability Care Speech Pathologist. Duration: Full day workshop:

In this interactive and informative workshop you will learn:

  • Communication systems and strategies that encourages clients to communicate with each other in a positive manner
  • How to assist clients to learn and implement turn taking, sharing and waiting.
  • How to assist clients to respect each other’s personal space.
  • How to promote client participation in group work and programs
  • How to assist clients to learn how to have a conversation
  • How to teach clients what to do if they make a social mistake
  • How to assist clients to learn what makes them a good friend
  • Presenter:Carmel PoulterOccupational Therapist & Real Disability Care Speech Pathologist.
  • Duration:Full day workshop

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