Developmentally disabled

  1. Does anyone else here work with the developmentally disabled population as a full time job? I'm looking for ways to motivate my
    clients to improve their lifestyles.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   dingofred
    Geez, I can't be the only one doing this kind of work. (or can I)
    Ahhhhhhh.
  4. by   AlaskanRN
    dingofred,

    I no longer work with the DD population, but I did for 12 years. The best advice I can give is to expect more from them than anyone thinks they can possibly give. If you have low expectations, that is exactly what you will get. If your expectations are high, you might not meet them all...but I can guarantee you will see results.

    Also, look at each person as an individual. Don't ever see a person as one of a group (Down's, autistic, etc). You must see each person as unique and individual. Whether their abilities are minimal, or they are highly functional, everyone has a key. It is your job to find the key to unlocking that person's door. In this way you will find what motivates that individual to achieve.

    I hope this helps...Good Luck...You have chosen a challenging field. Enjoy what you do...but don't let it overwhelm you. The DD population as a whole are some of the happiest people I have ever met. We should all be so content with our lives...
  5. by   lisamct
    I work full time with developmentally disabled (or learning disabled) adults here in the UK.What kind of info are you looking for? Feel free to pm me and I'll pass on any help that I can.
    Lisa
  6. by   CraftyLPN
    I used to work @DD before I bacame a nurse.. the clients and I would work on one thing at a time for aboiut aweek and see if they had mastered "that specific skill"..
  7. by   sixes
    I don't work with the DD but I have two adopted children one is autistic 18 years old and one is mentally delayed 14 years old. I am the mother of 5 teenage boys. I treat the DD's the same as the other children they seem to respond better to this then when i use to give them preference and had little expectations. I realize they are limited but they have the same rules to follow. My best advice as a RN and Mom is to treat them as you would any child of there age. OUr 18 year old even learn french this year. I tell them there isn't anything they can't do if they really want to.

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