Monthly Archives: February 2012

Getting Her To The Classroom.

The goal for today was to get one particular resident who has down syndrome, depression, and possible dementia out of her room and into the classroom. Of course, she was locked out of the room again. I tried initiating conversation with her. I asked if she had visited the nurse yet to get medicine, no reply. I asked if she had plans on going to the classroom, no reply. I talked about how fun the classroom is and the latch hook rug that is waiting for her. I asked if she went at all last week, no reply. I told her I liked her hair cut, she replied thank you. I started complimenting other things while still trying to convince her to at least go take her medication or go to the class room with me. I even offered to hold her hand, she refused. Compliments seemed to work though, she would start talking to me after I paid a compliment. I tried talking to her about running because she had a medal in her room from Special Olympics, no reply. She did eventually compliment my glasses and my hair which led to brief conversations about those. Though in the end she did refuse to go anywhere and eventually told me to leave, so I did (so as to not upset her). I also talked with several residents today and discovered the reason for one resident behavior in regards to rapid eye movement. Apparently, she is legally blind due to atrophy. This particular resident only has peripheral vision. Hence, why in the lobby she did not see me but when I approached her (coming from the side) she did notice me. I also ran into another resident who is famous for going through boyfriends. She introduced me to her new boyfriend. We then had a conversation. The female resident interrupted our conversation by hugging me, stating that she loved me, and then kissing my shoulder. I immediately stepped back and said that, that behavior was inappropriate. She apologized. Her boyfriend and I continued talking, she then grabbed his hand and kissed it and asked if that was better. I redirected her by saying that, that kind of behavior was meant to be done in private as this resident has a record of touching herself and others inappropriately. She apologized and then they went to the workshop. When Kari arrived, we discussed her powerpoint that is due for her speaker series lecture. We discussed behavioral chaining and task analysis. Afterward, she discussed a lecture from TXABA on dementia.


Quarterly Reports.

Today, I assisted Kari by alphabetizing quarterly reports for the farm. After they were alphabetized, we entered their data into their charts.

The Business Side.

Kari showed me a video of a man with autism who can draw very realistic, almost photographic in nature, pictures. This led to a discussion of people first language. As defined by the TCDD, “Like other minorities, the disability community has developed preferred terminology — People First Language. More than a fad or political correctness, People First Language is an objective way of acknowledging, communicating and reporting on disabilities. It eliminates generalizations, assumptions and stereotypes by focusing on the person rather than the disability.

As the term implies, People First Language refers to the individual first and the disability second. It’s the difference in saying the autistic and a child with autism. (See the following.) While some people may not use preferred terminology, it’s important you don’t repeat negative terms that stereotype, devalue or discriminate, just as you’d avoid racial slurs and say women instead of gals.”

After this Kari showed me her C.V. so I could get a general idea of what one should look like. Then, we went over the paper work for quarterly reports. Lastly, I shredded papers. Why am I typing about shredding papers, you may ask? Although it is a very mundane task, it’s still important and still a task I completed (I like to note all tasks).


Karaoke: The Bright Side.

Today I went to the classroom, which was held in the auditorium. Toady was a special treat for the residents who attend class; karaoke! A fellow intern and I chatted with a few residents. One resident, who I and other interns have spent a lot of time with, was very happy to see me and smiled when she saw me. She of course, wanted to sit next to us. She is a very sweet resident and I enjoy spending time with her. The best part, was when we were watching the teacher sing and dance to a very funny rap song. I began laughing and the resident, who had been watching me, began laughing just as hard as she could. Prior to this, I had never once seen her laugh.

Upon returning to Kari’s office, I was asked to serve as an observer/secondary reporter for her “walking program” thesis. I confirmed to what level prompting the resident required when going through the process of putting on her pedometer and daily routine that involved operating/wearing the pedometer.

After this, a meeting was held with a new resident for a trial period interview. The interview as very short. Basically the Center just wanted to know what medications he was currently on, his diagnosis, and if he was violent/aggressive. After that, he was assisted with bringing his things to his new room.