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Celebrating the positive

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……………that’s exactly what we have been doing recently.

 

 

The support teams within the Liaise homes have been “Focusing on the positive in those we support”. The use of the ASDAN Towards Independence Programme has enabled the homes to “Create a positive learning culture” in which everyone is aware of “clear, shared goals” with regard to individual’s interests and consequent learning opportunities. The consistent, regular practice of these clear, shared goals over the last year has resulted in a number of individuals achieving their ASDAN Awards in their areas of special interest – namely cooking, art and sensory activities.

Recently, Andrea Ede, Learning and Development Manager, and Linzi Holt, ASDAN Co-ordinator, joined these learners in Applelea, Cornview, Sansa House and Baytrees and presented them with their ASDAN certificates – some rather lovely cakes were also shared!

  Cornview     Applelea     Baytrees     Sansa

There was a joint celebration. This learning would not take place without the consistency of learning support from the support teams in the homes. To show Liaises’ appreciation of the commitment co-workers have put into getting ASDAN running in their homes, co-worker teams also received certificates.

Towards Independence – Learning through ASDAN

Circle of SupportEach individual has a Circle of Support which co-ordinates the assessment, planning, implementation and regular review of the support plan including the person’s flexible daily activity schedule.

The activities are selected to reflect what each individual is motivated by and enjoys doing and also to promote ongoing learning and the development of life skills.

As well as promoting greater engagement and independence these skills are also an important part of reducing behaviours of concern that can restrict the person’s opportunities.

The individual’s learning, where appropriate, can be delivered and celebrated through the use of the ASDAN Towards Independence Learning modules.

We are a recognised organisation to deliver both AQA Unit Award Scheme and ASDAN Towards Independence Programme.

Linzi Holt, one of our senior specialism leaders, is the recognised scheme co-ordinator for both. As a member we must comply with their procedures.

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Towards Independence

What is it?

“Towards Independence” provides a framework of activities through which personal, social and independence skills can be developed and accredited for those with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Who is is for?

Post-16 learners

“Towards Independence” can be undertaken at colleges, residential homes, schools, day and care centres and across local authority and private provision.

Structure

Towards Independence offers formal recognition for small steps in achievement towards a larger goal.

Modules can be used separately and accumulated to build a record of personal achievements.

There are almost 50 different modules to choose from, and the first of these – Starting Out – is mandatory.  Working through Starting Out allows learners to be helped to recognise achievements and plan targets and challenges, which can then be developed through further modules.

Learning at Liaise – Over recent months learners at Liaise have been working on modules such as Making Pictures, Getting Ready to Go Out, Meal Preparation and Cooking, and Multi-Sensory Experiences

Starting Out works well at Liaise as it is a good practical Assessment and planning tool, and works well alongside other assessments such as the IABA La Vigna & Willis Behaviour Assessment Guide (BAG)or Liaise’s information gathering tool for person centred planning, “What’s Important To ….”

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