Work in Partnership in Health and Social Care or Children and Young Peoples Settings

3.4 Evaluate procedures for working with professionals

In quality care settings; care professionals ensure that the daily program and experiences cater to the needs and interests of all service users, including those who have additional needs.   The term ‘additional needs’ is used to identify a range of conditions that require and qualify for special support and it may include individuals who have behaviour, learning or speech difficulties, giftedness, physical disability or health issues such as allergies or chronic illness.   Individuals with additional needs also frequently receive support or therapy from other professionals such as social workers, psychologists, occupational or speech therapists or health care professionals.   It is important that whenever possible, care professionals work in collaboration with other practitioners who are supporting a child who has additional needs.   The programs devised by other professionals may be central to supporting the individual’s inclusion in child care and for maximum effect; these often need to be followed through consistently in all aspects of the person’s life, including in the care setting.

Depending on the nature of a individual’s additional needs, there are a range of strategies that may be recommended by other professionals who are working with the person.

For Examples:

• Using visual aids or signing systems such as Makaton to support a person’s expressive and/or receptive communication skills
• Doing speech or occupational therapy exercises
• Implementing specific behaviour management strategies
• Engaging an individual in specific experiences or activities. For example: group games, fine or gross motor activities or reading.
• Administering medications for the treatment of conditions such as asthma, allergies, epilepsy or behavioural disorders
• Following a person’s individualised eating/nutrition plan.

Some professionals who work with individuals with additional needs may wish to work...