The 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).
The 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.
To 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.
Based on these findings, it is recommended that further face-to-face training is delivered at this locked rehabilitation unit to further improve professional practice.
This 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.
The author would like to thank all the staff members at Abbey House who attended the training associated with this paper. The author would also like to thank Phil Petts, Hospital Director at Abbey House, who has enabled the author to facilitate this research and enable the professional development of the staff team. The author would also like to thank Dr Daniel Stubbings, Research Lead for Priory Central, who helpfully guided the author through the ethics process and the development of the author’s research. Finally, the author would like to thank the Priory for being open to the completion of research within their sites.
Hatton, V.A. (2018), "Staff awareness training: improving knowledge and confidence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities in a locked rehabilitation unit", Advances in Autism, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 95-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-04-2018-0012Download as .RIS
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