Posts about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Fatal Four: What You Need to Know About Seizures
Seizure disorders should not be ignored in those with IDD. It makes the Fatal Four conversation even more important. Learn how it impacts those with IDD.
Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Need for Educated Healthcare Clinicians
As care of individuals with IDD has shifted from institutions into the community, the need for educated healthcare clinicians has increased.
The Fatal Four: Dehydration Signs and Risk Factors
How do you help a person with an intellectual disability achieve a higher quality of life? Providing support, companionship, and, ....
The Fatal Four: How Constipation Impacts Health
Constipation stinks, but it doesn’t have to be deadly. Having more information available about this condition in the Fatal Four can help your organization better serve those at higher risk.
The Fatal Four: Aspiration’s Dangers and Key Interventions
People with IDD have a higher risk of problems swallowing and aspiration. Find out why and what to do about it now.
Obstacles to Healthcare for People with IDD
Providing health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities requires understanding multiple factors and numerous challenges.
Developing Supervisory Skills in QIDPs
For IDD service providers, improving the supervisory skills of their qualified intellectual disability professionals (QIDPs) is an essential part of any DSP retention strategy.
Addressing the Other Causes of DSP Turnover
The average turnover rate for direct support professionals (DSPs) at organizations that provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is 45%. Here are the some of the reasons why.
What Makes a Successful DSP, and How Do You Find More?
What do you look for when interviewing DSP candidates? I’ve asked that question of providers across the country, and the same characteristics come up again and again...
Recognizing and Treating Compassion Fatigue in DSPs
Your Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are especially susceptible to compassion fatigue and it can lead to your most caring and committed DSPs leaving the job.
Credentialing for Direct Support Professionals
Shouldn’t we invest in DSPs’ knowledge, competency-based skills and professional values that lead to credentials and career ladders
Using Video for Skill Acquisition
Video modeling is one way IDD providers can use technology to help the individuals they serve learn new skills and gain independence.
How Assessments Can Help Human Services Providers
Once a new employee is hired and onboarded, assessments can provide important insights into their competencies, knowledge, skills, and characteristics.
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