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ERIC Number: EJ808407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Interactive Training for Active Support: Perspectives from Staff
Totsika, Vasiliki; Toogood, Sandy; Hastings, Richard P.; Nash, Susie
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v33 n3 p225-238 Sep 2008
Background: In this study, we describe the experience of participating in interactive training (IT) for active support (AS). Staff (N = 58) working with adults with an intellectual disability (ID) received IT on providing effective assistance for participation in daily activities. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with staff (N = 37) on their experience of IT, the way it affected their work, and their views on the implementation of AS. Results: High levels of satisfaction with IT were reported. Most staff identified at least one skill learnt during IT that they were still using 8 months later. No clear and consistent picture of AS implementation emerged across the service; staff identified a number of barriers, with lack of managerial support as the most significant. Conclusions: Interactive training can directly affect staff behaviour and has the advantage of being positively perceived by staff. However IT alone cannot ensure successful AS implementation, which is affected by a number of other factors, such as managerial support and input, residents' challenging behaviours, and staffing levels. (Contains 8 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom