I have been a qualified social worker since 2008. I have substantial experience working with children and young people with disabilities offering direct support through short break activities as well residential and statutory social work.
When working for Disabled Children’s Service I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience about different disabilities such as Autism, Cerebal Palsy, ADHD and Global Development Delay to name a few. I was able to support children with PEG feeds, epilepsy and deliver medication should a child require. I’ve been supported by health professionals and school staff to understand children’s needs and how these can be met effectively. All children have different communication styles I have some experience using sign language called All children have different communication styles I have some experience using sign language called Makaton to communicate to children as well as using picture symbols and story boards to communicate.
I used these communication styles when gaining a child’s wishes and feelings during home visits and if this form of communication was not suitable then observations also helped to provide a child voice.