This is the second draft of a paper I wrote following an invitation to speak at a conference. I introduce the paper thus: On being asked to speak at a conference largely populated by people whose wages are earned through teaching others to employ physically restrictive interventions to manage the risk arising from behaviour that challenges. The title comes from the keynote I gave at the conference. The tone of the presentation is more conciliatory than this paper (though I wonder if it should be). Still, one has to engage and suggest there are alternatives to custom and practice.
Chapter 3 Extract: 'Working Together or Pulling Apart'
This is a pre-print extract from Chapter Three of the book Supporting Positive Behaviour in Intellectual Disabilities & Autism: Practical Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviour.
The book was published in January 2020.
This article from over fifteen years ago was one of the first I wrote for Paradigm-UK's website. This considers challenging behaviour in learning disabilities (intellectual & developmental disabilities these days), the need for competent environments and support that is fit for purpose. The article became very popular (to this day I receive emails from people around the world), in part due to its humour, accessibility, and advocating for common sense.
This article was reworked to become a book chapter [Cambridge & Carnaby Eds Book on Care Management & Person Centred Planning -chapter four] for a book edited by the wonderful Paul Cambridge and admirable Steve Carnaby. It outlines the chief dangers facing the national implementation of person centred planning. There's very little wrong with person centred planning, but like any approach, the devil is in the detail, particularly, how organisations 'scale up' individual approaches to wider populations.
This article outlines strategies for responding to challenging and problematic behaviour once they've occurred, because no matter how good your plan of support is, no matter how skilled, people make mistakes and things go wrong. Cut yourself a break.
This is the first article I wrote about my experiences of working with 'Jane', a young woman with the label of autism who had a black-belt in self injury, that turned out to be self harm. It tells precisely what 'Jane' taught me about myself and my so-called knowledge.
At the time it was quite a controversial article. I received threatening phone calls, abusive emails and my bosses received huge pressure from 'vested interests' about the article's critique of services.
Despite the hate, 'Jane' had more to teach me about Serviceland, herself, autism and self-harm. This article was incredibly helpful to write because it helped me develop my understanding of how best to support people through the moody hills of commissioning and services.
The second kinda wordy article for the 2017 BILD PBS conference. I also produced a couple of presentations. Here's one of the Keynote Handout slide pdfs, and oh, wait, here's the slides handout of the other session.
You can find some articles written for the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, here.
Here is a download of a chapter I wrote concerning the role of learning disability nurses in support positive responses to behaviour that challenges: The Contribution of Nurse Specialists.
A paper written with the estimable Bob Marks on Positive Behaviour Support (from way back when it was a new term) for the Tizard's old Subscriber Network can be found here- PBS Third Draft