Personal Health Budget Management

Our service for managing Personal Health Budgets consists of:

Information, Advice and support.

Care Plan

Payroll, Pay Slips and P60

Public Liability Insurance

Tax and NI returns to HMRC

Contracts of Employment

Staff paid by BACS payment

Job Description

Management of staff

Record keeping for Audit

Our fee for this service is 3% of the PHB package

 

Support Planning Website

A new website that helps people develop their support plans once they know how much money they have in their individual budget is now live at www.supportplanning.org. The website explains what support planning is and gives practical, real life examples of people who have been through the process. There is advice for developing support plans for older people, people using mental health services, children and young people, people with learning disabilities and people with physical impairments.

The site also has tools for staff including advice on quality assurance, individual service funds and reviews. Some of the tools were recently featured in the Putting People First Personalisation Toolkit.

Easy Health

Funded by The Department of Health. ‘Easyhealth’ pulls together accessible health information from across the country into one place. This makes it easier for people to find health information they can understand. Most of the information is free and can be downloaded straight away.
As part of its funding, ‘Easyhealth’ has to check how useful it is to people. If you have a moment, please fill in their quick tick questionnaire and email (or send it back) to Jo at Generate.
If you would like to find out more about www.easyhealth.org.uk just go online and explore – it is FREEto use. Or you can call Jo on 07737 074296

Social Stories – Speech Therapy Today

In the Issue 8 edition of Speech Therapy Today, dated 2nd February 2009, Social Stories are considered as an approach to teaching social skills.

Social stories were originally developed for students with autism by Carol Gray but are now an increasingly popular strategy for increasing social skills not only in children with ASD but also with children and adults with social skills difficulties.

Social Stories are stories that have been written in a specific style and format.  They describe what happens in a specific social situation and present information in a structured and consistent manner.  They give information through pictures and text and each story provided clear, concise and accurate information about what is happening in a specific social situation.  The story describes what people do, why they do it, and what the common responses are.  It is therefore a way of explaining how to behave in a socially acceptable way without having to rely upon ‘telling them’.

So the purpose of a Social Story is:

  • to provide the person with a prompt for socially acceptable behaviour;
  • to help them become familiar with a situation, and to respond appropriately;
  • to help prepare for a new experience;
  • to provide positive feedback so that people can recognise their own appropriate behaviour;
  • to help prevent extreme reactions that stem from a lack of social understanding.

Below is an example of how a Social Story might look.  This particular story was written for Simon, aged 7, who became very agitated when his mother turned on the bath taps.

Why It Is OK To Run A Bath

In my bathroom there is a bath, a toilet and a basin.
The bath and the basin have taps.
It is important for people in my family to have a bath sometimes.
Sometimes Mummy likes to have a bath.
Sometimes Mummy likes Simon to have a bath.
It is OK for Mummy to turn on the taps when she needs to run the bath.
Mummy is safe when the taps are on.
Simon is safe if Mummy turns on the taps.
Simon’s house is safe if Mummy turns on the taps.
I will try to let Mummy run a bath.
I will try to remember we are safe when Mummy runs a bath.

As you can see, the story is short and straightforward and helps Simon understand what is expected in this situation.  But why do Social Stories work?  What makes them so successful, particularly for children with autism?

Social Stories attempt to address the ‘Theory of Mind’ impairment by giving individuals some perspective on the thoughts, emotions and behaviours of others.  As we know, many people with autism do not act appropriately in social situations because they do not understand that others might have a different opinion to them, or that others may want to do something different to what they want to do.  Social situations can therefore become unpredictable and confusing.  Social stories therefore help the child to better predict the actions and assumptions of others.  Social stories also present information on social situations in a structured and consistent manner, using pictures and text, a particularly appropriate approach for people with autism.  Social Stories also provide a little distance between teaching and the possible stresses of the social situation itself, giving the child a chance to practice the skills often, and on their own terms.

And finally, if you get it right, you will see results within 2 to 3 weeks.

To contact Speech Therapy Today, click here info@speechmark.net