f) Tools  

There are 12 Tools and Checklists in the handouts.

In addition there are Tools on the website that are not currently in the Handouts:

T12 Working with Families: Principles
T13 Support workers: WHS & Participant Risk
T14 Professional boundaries
T15 Principles & Standards

They are available in Working with people with ABI: Training materials Handouts, Worksheets & ToolsPDF. Notes for facilitators and presenters are in: Working with people with ABI: Materials for facilitators and presenters PDF

Tool 1 : Open to the possibility a person has an ABI

All staff in services, especially those on reception or information and referral workers need to be open to the possibility of a person having an ABI. This tool provide tips.

Tool 2 : Conversation tips

People with ABI often have difficulty with communication and language. This tool provides some conversation tips.

Tool 3 : Looking for indicators of ABI

If you think a person may have an ABI you may need to ask questions to help understand the person, their ABI and their needs. The tool provides some useful questions to ask the person with ABI, and/or family members or support workers. It is not a diagnostic tool. It is intended to help identify the possibility of an ABI.

Tool 4 : Strategies for dealing with specific cognitive changes

People directly supporting people with an ABI need strategies for dealing with specific cognitive changes. This Tool outlines the :

o cognitive impairments that can occur after an ABI
o problems that arise because of the impairment and
o management strategies than can be used to deal with the problems.

Tool 5 : Case manager's issues checklist

This Tool is a checklist a case manager can use to ensure they have considered all the relevant issues with a person with ABI when they are setting goals and developing plans.

Tool 6 : Sources of information to assess needs

This Tool is a list of sources of information that may be relevant when a case manager is setting goals and developing individual program plans.

Tool 7 : Individual program plan

This Tool is a list of headings one might use in an individual program plan.

Tool 8 : Tips for setting goals

This Tool provides tips for setting gaols when working with people with ABI.

Tool 9 : Managing and supervising staff

This tool is an overview of what good staff management and supervision includes. It sets the context for Tools 10 and 11.

Tool 10 : Working with ABI : The disillusionment process

Staff working with people with ABI can experience a disillusionment process - especially when staff management practices are not working. This tool outlines the disillusionment process and strategies for dealing with it.

Tool 11: Preventing stress

Good management processes will prevent stress and the disillusionment process from occurring. This Tool outlines causes , symptoms and prevention strategies for staff stress.

Tool 12 (now 16 on web): Essential survival tips for people working with people with ABI

This tool outlines essential survival tips for all staff working with people with ABI.