Practice Statement: Natural Supports
Connection to a natural support network of family, close friends and other stakeholders provides people with a sense of security and a safety net. We assist people to maintain existing relationships and to stimulate potential new connections wherever possible.
Practice Definition: Natural Supports
What would be observed in practice:
- People have the support and resources to develop, enhance or renew relationships, eg Skype, emails, cards, letters, phone calls etc
- People are assisted to access the supports that will enable them to maintain connections to people in their support network
- People who have lost contact with family members, friends or stakeholders are supported to re-establish communication and develop their circles of support.
- People negotiate the extent and frequency of contact with family, friends and stakeholders
- Consider both activities and discuss what it would be like (or what it is like if you have lived experience to be the parent of a child with an intellectual disability.) How does this effect how parents get along with support workers?
- Watch the video about having a child with Down Syndrome. Why do you think Mel says that it helps when the specialist has kids themselves? What can you do when working with parents to show more empathy and respect for their experience?
- Why is it important for family to stay involved with their family members with disabilities? What can we do to make this easier for families?
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