“Establishing a work-based learning programme: vocational rehabilitation and forensic learning disabilities.”
Smith A, Petty M, Outhgton I, Alexander RT. Partnerships in Care, Learning Disabilities Services.
Some top tips which I gathered from this paper session!
- Develop as life like a work environment as possible.
- Enable social and life skills.
- Work opportunities need to be meaningful and relevant to them in order to be of relevance.
- Increase self esteem and confidence by promoting independence and autonomy.
- Accompany work skills with educational skills for example reading, writing and numeracy.
- Patient reflection is important in order to help them to identify how they have improved and what skills they have.
- Always need to consider risk management. (Individual and environmental risk assessment.)
The authors of this paper session have also published a journal article in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy. The reference for it is here if you are interested in reading it:
Smith A, Petty M, Oughton I and Alexander R (2010) "Establishing a work-based learning programme: vocational rehabilitation in a forensic learning disability setting." British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 73(9) pp. 431-436.