Some people with developmental disabilities or intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) can behave aggressively toward others and injuries sometimes result.
At St.Amant, employees who provide support to people with ID/DD are trained in how to prevent injuries resulting from challenging behaviour. However, it is not completely known how effective current training programs are in assisting staff to respond to real life situations.
A research team at St.Amant is working hard to answer this question. The team includes Drs. Beverley Temple, Toby Martin and Charmayne Dube as well as Lois Novotny, Chris Fyfe, Lesley Anne Fuga and Trevor Farley. They are interviewing staff and studying written reports to find out more about how to keep workers and people with ID/DD safe from injuries associated with challenging behaviour.
The goal is to understand how injuries occur and what factors affect staff’s ability to prevent injuries by applying their training. The point of view of people who have experience training and working with people who have ID/DD is important to finding better ways to apply training and prevent injuries. Minimizing challenging behaviour and responding with appropriate skills and techniques when it does occur would result in safer environments for our staff as well as for the people we serve, resulting in a better quality of life for all.
This study is funded by the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Stay tuned for results!