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Clinical Supports Teams
Clinical Psychologists support service user's emotional and mental health. We assess psychological and emotional needs by meeting with individuals, their families and staff. We offer different interventions such as talking therapy, emotional support plans, strategies and tips for managing stressful situations. Clinical Psychologists are also able to help staff think about strategies for making our services calm and stress-free environments for our service users. We help KARE to develop policies and guidance that keep service users safe and allow them to live a fulfilling life.
Behaviour Support Team
We in KARE believe that all people using our services, including people who present with behaviours that challenge, have the right to be supported respectfully. KARE’s policy has been developed to ensure that we use positive strategies in response to challenging behaviour. We follow KARE’s policy in order to ensure that measures are in place to address the safety and welfare of all those affected by the behaviour, including other services users, staff and families.
WE TEACH, NOT PUNISH.
The Behaviour Support Team are a team who support individuals that present with behaviours that challenge. The team is currently made up of four members – the behaviour specialist and three intensive behaviour support workers. We each have a different role, but the outcome is to support individuals that engage in behaviours that challenge. We work closely alongside both staff and service users, their families and those who share the environment.
Occupational therapy facilitates individuals to carry out daily activities that are meaningful to them in the key areas of: self-care, productivity and leisure.
The work of occupational therapists is unique in that we introduce or modify occupations, equipment or the environment to better support individuals to engage in daily activities.
Occupational therapy will support any equipment needs you have to be able to engage in meaningful activities e.g. assess and supply a wheelchair to be able to get outdoors, a shower/toileting chair, assess your home environment to help you to get around as independently as possible.
The aim of the Physiotherapy Service in KARE is to promote physical independence for individuals with intellectual disabilities and to offer support to the families and carers of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
This involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of physical function, movement and mobility of adults with both intellectual and physical disabilities receiving service from KARE. The Physiotherapist, as part of the multi-disciplinary team, is trained in the use of evidence based, specialised hands-on treatment to restore, maintain and maximise optimal function and quality of life.
Services may also include the prescription of orthotics, mobility aids & appliances and exercise equipment among others.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapists work as part of the Clinical Supports Team and provide support in the areas of communication and swallowing specifically.
Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) provide assessment of and intervention for communication difficulties. SLTs aim to facilitate and support all service users to communicate their needs, wants, choices and opinions and to be independent in their daily lives. SLTs provide staff training in the areas of Total Communication, communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder, communication in Dementia, communication for individuals with complex needs, Talking Mats, etc. SLTs also provide support in the areas of Assistive Technology and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). SLTs provide assessment of and intervention for swallowing disorders. This includes the modification of food/drink, provision of swallowing strategies and staff training.
Clinical referrals can be made by contacting local KARE staff as necessary