ERIC Number: EJ1049646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Safe and Social: What Does It Mean Anyway??
Tinney, Grainne; Forde, Jenny; Hone, Loraine; Flanagan, Lisa; Smith, Martine
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v43 n1 p55-61 Mar 2015
This paper outlines a programme "Safe and Social" that has been implemented with adults with intellectual disability across multiple contexts in a service based in Ireland. The emphasis within the programme is on providing service users and staff with a framework and the necessary language to discuss social behaviours and boundaries, moving away from an emphasis on rules and regulations. The programme draws on visual supports of three nested circles, red indicating "not ok", green indicating "ok" and a central circle that is used to set the topic of discussion. Over a series of seven modules, adults with intellectual disabilities and their support staff are encouraged to collaboratively problem solve some of the behaviours and understandings that can undermine social acceptability and compromise personal safety. Based on positive outcomes over a five-year period, we highlight the need for further research to explore the effectiveness of the programme.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Social Behavior, Social Development, Adults, Visual Stimuli, Teaching Methods, Behavior Modification, Problem Solving, Behavior Problems, Program Effectiveness, Safety
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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