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Remote Support Series: Using Interests, Preferences, and Choice to Engage

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Adjusting to new ways of supports during this time may be difficult for all of us.  When engaging in remote supports, consider how you might use that person’s interests, preference, and choice to promote engagement. 

 

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Updated: April 4, 2020 20:20

Remote Support Series: Positive Self-Management Strategies

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Particularly for participants living independently, there may be a need for assistance in developing and maintaining self-management skills to create consistency and stability during times when they may have previously been receiving paid support or out in their communities. 

The following are some tips to developing self-management skills that can hopefully lead to increased regularity in daily routines (adapted from the Psychiatric Times) and maintenance of positive mental health. 


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Updated: April 4, 2020 17:55

ODP Encourages Individuals, Families and Supporters to Utilize Helpline for Support During COVID-19

Logo for the DHS HelplineThe Statewide Support & Referral Helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff that are  available 24/7 to respond to those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Staff at the Helpline refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

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Updated: April 3, 2020 13:21

Remote Supports Privacy and HIPAA Considerations

A computer screen displaying the word 'security'Under normal circumstances, ODP programs require HIPAA compliant methods when providing remote supports. In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance describing modifications to the enforcement of these requirements.

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Updated: April 2, 2020 16:02

Remote Employment Supports

A woman writing in a notebook at a deskAs a follow-up from last week’s article What To Know About Work Right Now, here are some additional resources about remote supports related to employment.

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Updated: April 2, 2020 14:24

The Importance of Relationships

A smiling woman holding a phoneIt is so important for all of us to have access to meaningful relationships in our lives during this period of isolation.  The same is true for the people we support. 

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Updated: April 1, 2020 16:10

Self-Care While Helping Others

A silhouette of a woman runningIt’s important to make sure we are taking care of ourselves as we take care of others. In order to be effective in our roles, we need to do everything we can to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout during times like these.

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Updated: April 1, 2020 12:35

Introducing & Maintaining Remote Supports

A person using a tabletSome individuals we support may experience difficulties while adjusting to remote supports. Being prepared and mindful about how you will engage during remote supports is important. 

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Updated: March 31, 2020 14:00

Sharing COVID-19 Information With Participants: Knowledge is Power

A picture of an open bookThe current situation is creating anxiety and fear for many of us; however, most resources available are not written through an autism nor intellectual disability specific lens. The first step to combating anxiety is to deliver information to an individual that is crafted in a way that is easy for them to process.

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Updated: March 31, 2020 12:06

What Have You Been Doing?

" "It is important to take the time to check in with caregivers who are experiencing changes to theirs and their loved one's daily lives. For those of us who support individuals where a caregiver is actively involved, you may be the one person asking them: How are you? How can we be helpful? What do we need to know about the changes that have occurred and how they are affecting yours and your loved ones' life?

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Updated: March 30, 2020 11:55

What to Know About Work Right Now

" "Many individuals we support are not working or volunteering during this time. Some may have had difficulty accessing the supports they rely on to maintain employment skills.

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Updated: March 30, 2020 11:55

Supporting Caregivers

An image of the lifecourse wheelIt is important to take the time to check in with caregivers who are experiencing changes to theirs and their loved one's daily lives. For those of us who support individuals where a caregiver is actively involved, you may be the one person asking them: How are you? How can we be helpful? What do we need to know about the changes that have occurred and how they are affecting yours and your loved ones' life?

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Updated: March 27, 2020 15:45

Promoting Flexibility

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COVID-19 requires us all to be flexible and tolerant of change as we aim to flatten the curve. For many individuals, the sudden and forced change of routines and activities can be challenging. Here are some tips to help promote flexibility during this time.

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Updated: March 27, 2020 10:56

National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals Webinar

Headshot of Dr. Rick RaderDirect Support Professionals are invited join NADSP (National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals) Medical Advisor Dr. Rick Rader for a brief update on supporting individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific information dedicated to direct support professionals will be reviewed. 

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Updated: March 26, 2020 14:14

Modifying Goals and Routines

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Some individuals will struggle with the sudden changes in daily activities associated with COVID-19.  For these individuals, it is important to help modify routines and goals to minimize the impact of these changes. 

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Updated: March 26, 2020 12:14

Don't Get Lax: Infectious Disease Reminders

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As most of us hunker down at home and may be feeling well, many of us will become less vigilant with the preventative strategies and recommendations for infection control.

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Updated: March 25, 2020 13:19

COVID-19 Explanation: Plain Language Video and Captioned

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Oregon's Office of Developmental Disabilities Services recently released a plain language and captioned video providing information to keep you and your loved ones protected from getting ill.

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Updated: March 19, 2020 13:19

Resources for Social Distancing

A picture of a woman sitting alone with a laptopThe CDC currently recommends social distancing to taper the current pandemic. Here are some resources on social distancing for individuals and professionals. If you need additional resources in understanding this concept, one of the following recommendations may help.

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Updated: March 19, 2020 12:15

Department of Health Information on Coronavirus - Updated*

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has created a webpage with information and many resources about coronavirus.

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Updated: March 16, 2020 18:10