Posts Tagged ‘adults’
Dr. Emiliano Proietto has send me the script of his workshop “I’m worth too” on social catering in Italy. It talks about how the vast restaurant business in Italy has become a sector very suitable for employing persons with disabilities, mental illnesses, homeless and other marginalized groups of society.
If you wish to learn more about social catering in Italy, download the script here.
As many populations in Europe are growing older, taking care of the elderly may soon be a task for social educators.
This interesting article from the British newspaper The Guardian describes a care home near Amsterdam where the residents, who all have dementia, are kept active and actually seem to have fun.
For those of you who understand French, the Swiss series “Les editions ies” have released a new book that focuses on the educational activities created for and performed by adults with intellectual disabilities.
La vitalisation au cœr de l’intervention – Analyse d’activités éducatives auprès d’adultes en situation de handicap psychique
To read more about the book and make your order, please see the flyer.
At Soedisbakke in Denmark, a domicile and activity centre for adults with developmental disabilities, and a workplace for social educators, they use a philosophy of actively practicing love and compassion at the work place.
The idea is that showing love and compassion is part of the job description and constitutes a fundamental framework for the work of the staff. It is not so much a method but rather a certain approach which means that all contact and communication is done in a gentle manner, with a soft voice and respect, avoiding speaking with harsh words. The approach is called Gentle Teaching.
If there is a situation with outwarded reactions, instead of saying “You need to spend time on your own”, as a way of calming down the situation, the staff will rather say “I know you’re upset and this is ok, but perhaps you want to be alone for a bit?”
For the employees at Soedisbakken, being paid for showing love and compassion doesn’t feel strange. As one employee puts it: “I get paid to do what I am really good at – and I am really good at being with other people in a gentle and loving manner”
Gentle Teaching was founded by John McGee from Pourto Rico. Read more about the principles of Gentle Teaching .