Paul has been working with adults with a Learning Disability for over 15 years. Currently he is a Senior Community Support Worker at a day centre in Croydon working with adults with a range of abilities and support needs, including PMLD and challenging behaviour. He has a particular interest in communication difficulties and Intensive Interaction. He has a Diploma in Management Studies and a Chemistry degree.
Affect attunement has been described in the literature as reflecting back emotions and feelings projected by a person in order to create a connection.
Here Paul Barnard looks at a paper exploring ways in which support workers might be using this approach in their work with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.[read the full story...]
The lives of some people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are affected by challenging behaviours, which include self-injurious, stereotypical, destructive, or aggressive behaviours.
Here in his debut blog, Paul Barnard looks at a study from the Netherlands which looked at whether challenging behaviour was being addressed formally in day to day practice.[read the full story...]