Acquired Brain Injury

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Any person can potentially develop an acquired brain injury. Every year in the UK many people are involved in accidents which can lead to such disabilities. Acquired brain injury is not to be confused with intellectual disability. People with a brain injury may have difficulty controlling, coordinating and communicating their thoughts and actions but they usually retain their intellectual abilities. Brain injury has dramatically varied effects and no two people can expect the same outcome or resulting difficulties. Furthermore it is not uncommon for people with an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) to present with challenging behaviours.

We have extensive experience of working with services that cater for people with an ABI. Our philosophy of work in this area is straightforward, people with an ABI are 'people first' and disabled second. We adopt person centred approaches to the management of their behavioural difficulties.

Managing Challenging Behaviour for Staff Working with People with an Acquired Brain Injury

The ideals of Studio 3 are to promote the management of challenging behaviour in a gentle and dignified way, by providing a better understanding and insight into challenging behaviour and by use of low arousal approaches and gentle physical skills.

Studio 3 trainers have been running courses in the management of challenging behaviour for many years and our courses are based on applied academic research carried out in residential homes, day centres, respite care and institutional settings. Our trainers have a wealth of hands-on experience in working with brain-injured clients and are able to relate the theory of the course to real-life practical examples.

We aim to give carers the skills they need to manage challenging behaviour so that the environment for the clients improves and the carers begin to develop more positive relationships with their clients. We also find that after the course, carers feel more confident in the work place and enjoy their jobs more, hopefully with less stress.

The first day of the course is focussed on legal issues in relation to clients with an acquired brain injury, causes of challenging behaviour, carers' own reactions and tolerances, an introduction to low arousal approaches, an introduction to debriefing and finally a section on managing versus changing behaviours. The second day of the course then combines gentle physical skills with the skills learnt on the first day. The third day of the course allows plenty of time for practising the low arousal approaches and physical skills together. The last element of the course is learning the restraint procedure and practising all the above in role play situations. The course allows plenty of time for critical discussions of all the issues encountered.