Staff awareness training: improving knowledge and confidence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities in a locked rehabilitation unit

Staff awareness training: improving knowledge and confidence of autism spectrum disorders and... PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to present a training package which was delivered to improve staff members’ knowledge and confidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID).Design/methodology/approachThe training was facilitated in a locked rehabilitation unit for adult males, many of whom had diagnoses of ASD and/or ID. With all staff receiving an invite, 25 attended which was the majority of the staff team. This included staff from housekeeping, nursing and catering.FindingsTo evaluate the effectiveness of the training, a survey and short assessment was administered before and after training. This revealed an improvement in both perceived knowledge and confidence of ASD and ID, as well as actual knowledge. Follow-up interviews also revealed some evidence of sustained learning and practice changes.Research limitations/implicationsBased on these findings, it is recommended that further face-to-face training is delivered at this locked rehabilitation unit to further improve professional practice.Originality/valueThis paper provides value to other inpatient settings as it highlights to practitioners how face-to-face training can significantly improve staff members knowledge and confidence of developmental disorders. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Autism Emerald Publishing

Staff awareness training: improving knowledge and confidence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities in a locked rehabilitation unit

Advances in Autism, Volume 4 (3): 14 – Jul 2, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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2056-3868
DOI
10.1108/AIA-04-2018-0012
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PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to present a training package which was delivered to improve staff members’ knowledge and confidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID).Design/methodology/approachThe training was facilitated in a locked rehabilitation unit for adult males, many of whom had diagnoses of ASD and/or ID. With all staff receiving an invite, 25 attended which was the majority of the staff team. This included staff from housekeeping, nursing and catering.FindingsTo evaluate the effectiveness of the training, a survey and short assessment was administered before and after training. This revealed an improvement in both perceived knowledge and confidence of ASD and ID, as well as actual knowledge. Follow-up interviews also revealed some evidence of sustained learning and practice changes.Research limitations/implicationsBased on these findings, it is recommended that further face-to-face training is delivered at this locked rehabilitation unit to further improve professional practice.Originality/valueThis paper provides value to other inpatient settings as it highlights to practitioners how face-to-face training can significantly improve staff members knowledge and confidence of developmental disorders.

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Advances in AutismEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 2, 2018

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