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An Introduction to Person Centered Planning

Written by Lisa Simmons

The basic assumption behind person centered planning is that EVERYONE; verbal or nonverbal, “normal” or profoundly disabled has goals or values that are central to them having a satisfying life experience. However, one ofrepparttar most common mistakes made by service coordinators new to person centered planning isrepparttar 125584 assumption that everyone has similar goals/values. This makesrepparttar 125585 next leap (that everyone’s goals & values are similar to our own) incredibly easy to fall into. We all must struggle to remember that life values are formed out of life experiences and life experiences VARY DRAMATICALLY from person to person. When we look atrepparttar 125586 life experiences ofrepparttar 125587 average middle class American & compare them to that of a disabled adult who may have spent a significant portion of their life institutionalizedrepparttar 125588 difference becomes even more dramatic. Add into this picturerepparttar 125589 fact thatrepparttar 125590 individual you are supporting may not be able to easily communicate their desires & preferences &repparttar 125591 challenge is laid out. So where do we begin? 1. Can you identify any issues right offrepparttar 125592 bat that have been ‘struggle points” inrepparttar 125593 past? This probably indicates thatrepparttar 125594 issue is important enough torepparttar 125595 person to fight for. Usually these are issues of control. Having access to things they want, having control overrepparttar 125596 pattern or pace of their day, having control over their diet or access to specific food items. Usually direct support staff are your best source of this information ifrepparttar 125597 person cannot tell you him/herself.

2. Oncerepparttar 125598 issues are identified, brainstorm withrepparttar 125599 individual & their support team (allrepparttar 125600 important people in their life) to find a workable solution. This may mean helping them purchase desired items or it may mean assisting them to budget towardrepparttar 125601 purchase of a larger item like a TV. Ifrepparttar 125602 pace or routine of their day isn’t working, can their activities be rearranged orrepparttar 125603 pace changed to something more comfortable. Activities (whether work, leisure, or domestic) that generate “struggle points” should be seriously looked at. Most of us don’t continue to participate in things that we find objectionable. We find something else to do, or ifrepparttar 125604 activity is essential, we find someone else to do it. Ifrepparttar 125605 issue is food related, it may take some creativity to balance real health issues againstrepparttar 125606 individuals preferences. If it’s a particular food item such as pop or high fat snacks, explorerepparttar 125607 possibility of substituting fat free or caffeine free items. Trade offs are necessary for all of us at times when our health is onrepparttar 125608 line, but onlyrepparttar 125609 individual can decide which trade off isrepparttar 125610 most acceptable. Creativity is key during this part ofrepparttar 125611 process.

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