Systematic instruction increased client engagement following staff training.


This study described a 3-phase staff training project designed to increase client engagement in an adult habilitation centre.

Phase one developed curriculum guidelines, with phase two being training for paraprofessional staff. The third phase was the implementation of the clinical experience.

The authors found that engagement of clients increased with the implementation of systematic instruction following staff training and the authors consider the implications of these findings for the organisation and delivery of day support services.

Implementation of systematic instruction to increase client engagement in a day habilitation program, Crites S & Howard B, in journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36, 1, 2-10.

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After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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