This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “#Iamchallengingbehaviour” and will be hosted by the RCOT Specialist Section for People with Learning Disabilities along with support from Sam Sly (@RCOT_PLD and @SamSly2).
Here is what they had to say…
What is the I AM challenging campaign?
The I AM challenging campaign started in early 2017 with Nic Crosby (from Gather Build Work) and Sam Sly. They wanted to help professionals working with adults with learning disabilities to reflect on and question their practice, especially the terminology used. They their words they want to “help the wonderful people we worked with who were being treated in horrendous ways and incarcerated in Hospitals because professionals had labelled them with ‘challenging behaviour”.
Nic and Sam felt that everyone has ways, sometimes anti-social and undesired ways, of expressing when we are angry, frustrated, sad or anxious but because we are valued citizens it is a) often not seen as problematic and b) when we do show are feelings it is called what it is: anger, sadness or anxiety and we don’t get negatively labelled for the rest of our lives.
But Nic and Sam both felt that for the people we work with who have learning disabilities or mental health needs and are not often seen as valued citizens, when they express their anger, frustration or anxiety they are slapped with a label of ‘challenging behaviour’ and their life written off.
This is when the campaign started, and Sam brought 100 ‘I AM challenging behaviour’ badges. ‘I AM challenging behaviour’ enabled the wearer to feel and show a commitment to challenging the real behaviour that needs to be changed; that of the people and professionals who think they know best, label others and whose behaviour stops people getting the great life they deserve.
OTalk and Specialist Section
Our OTalk on 9th October 2018 aims to start a discussion on the language we are using and start to reflect on our practice.
We were lucky to have Sam present at the RCOT conference 2018 on the I AM challenging behaviour campaign and Sam has also agreed to join us for the OTalk on twitter, so please follow @SamSly2
With Sam’s help we will be asking five reflective questions:
- Why do we use language with the people we work with that we would not use to our loved ones?
- What are the ‘behaviours’ that stop people with LD and MH getting good lives?
- How can we rid ourselves of ‘serviceland’?
(please look at Orla Hughes @orlatheot for an understanding of service land) https://otalk.co.uk/2018/06/15/rcot2018-blog-18-iamchallengingbehaviour-we-all-have-challenging-behaviour-lets-challenge-the-labels-in-serviceland/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
- What behaviour are you going to challenge after tonight?
- Are you going to make any changes in your practice? Can you make a pledge?
Sam and her team are really keen to keep this campaign alive so if anyone wants to get involved in developing it, donating, or receiving a badge please message her on @SamSly2 or on Facebook page I AM challenging behaviour. All badges are still available.
Host @RCOT_PLD and @SamSly2
OTalk support @helenotuk
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