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How can I improve a Special Needs Person's Quality of Life/ experience at her day program?

Hi. I am working as a Direct Support Professional for individuals with special needs. I am working with a unique case as my client has sensorial deficits (legally blind and deaf) and she also has autism that causes her to become highly behavioral at times. She also has a heart condition where she has a benign tumor lodged in her atrium that's making it hard for her to exert physical effort, meaning she can't walk/stand for too long. I work with her at the day program and her program includes things like playing with her blocks and sensorial toys, eating her lunch, walking on wheelchair, and then laying down on her mat with her radio on for the rest of the day. Problems started happening when we transferred to a new place. She is the type of person that depends on daily routine but ever since we transferred to a different building, she started to dislike her old activities. She was hard to handle for a month but now she has slightly gotten back to it. However, she still would not sit down on a chair to play with her old toys. She keeps getting on her wheelchair as this is the only thing that keeps her calm. Now, at least I could get her to sit calmly for a minute and then maybe get her to do simple arts with me (i.e. fingerpainting) if she's not feeling agitated. I was wondering what other activities I could slowly introduce to her so she could get the most experience out of being in the day program. I really do want to become an advocate for my client and I want her to do more than she is able to do right now. I will appreciate any kind of advice on this matter. Thank you. She is 47 years old and I work with her at a day program in Las Vegas.

Asked By: kimmie_120390 - 11/28/2012
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You didn't mention how old this person is or where you live, both of which would make a difference... More
Answered By: Kim - 11/28/2012
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