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Supporting Families

HELPING PEOPLE MOVE

A GUIDE FOR POLICY MAKERS

Purpose

To find out what is Important, but not present, to key people in the person’s life.

 

Instructions

Ask the person to identify key people that he/she lives with and list those activities they would like to do but are currently unable to do.

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IF I COULD, I WOULD

Purpose

The Family Graphic is an additional way to pull together the information discovered in the other tools. It can be done on a large chart paper or on a regular sheet of copy paper. It is a visually pleasing way to focus on Important To and Important For for both the whole family and each individual. Once this graphic is completed, you can discuss with the family a more focused What’s Working/What’s Not Working in the family which can lead to an action plan to begin to support the whole family.

 

Instructions

Enter the family’s last name inside the sun. Insert rays of the rainbow for each person in the family. Fill in the categories for each person: who I am; what is important to me; what’s important for me; supports I need. Work with the person and family members to complete the four clouds surrounding the rainbow. Ask each family member to look at the graphic to make sure all information is openly shared.

 

Family Graphic is a tool that requires specific training. For more training on this tool, contact Support Development Associates at info@sdaus.com.

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FAMILY GRAPHIC

Purpose

Supporting families/caregivers living together has long been recognized as a model of best practices in the developmental disability field. This tool helps develop a family/caregiver description which identifies how family/caregiver needs impact a person’s life. It identifies what paid supporters need to know, what they need to do to provide support for the family/caregiver to live together while balancing the needs of all family/caregiver members.

 

Instructions

Using information gained from other person centered practice tools you can also use with families/caregivers, have a conversation with the family/caregivers that will focus on the Family Description chart headings. Using “Guess, Ask, Write,” fill in the chart for each family member.

 

Family Description is a tool that requires specific training. For more training on this tool, contact Support Development Associates at info@sdaus.com.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

  • Appendix 1
    Examples for use with the Families Planning Together Workbook
    Date: 2009
     

  • Appendix 2
    A checklist for use in developing a plan.
    Date: 2009
     

  • TASH Article
    Article on Families Planning Together published in TASH Connections.
    Date: 2001
     

  • Familias Planificando Juntos
    En Familia: Trabajando Juntos para Desarrollar un Plan Esencial de Estilo de Vido
    Date: 2009

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES