HNC Social Care Graded Unit
I am currently working for inc corp as a Supported Living Assistant providing support to a young gentleman with both physical and developmental disabilities in his own home. For the purpose of this report and in line with inc confidentiality procedures and the Data Protection Act 1998, I have changed names in order to protect the individual and maintain confidentiality. I currently work with a young man called David who is 21 years old and lives in the family home with his mother, who is his main carer. David is autistic and also has a profound learning disability and can often present some challenging behaviour and aggression towards his mother. David requires a lot of help throughout his day, from bathing and dressing to attending college and taking part in extracurricular activities. If we look at David in relation to Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development “individuals develops through eight genetically programmes sequency of stages” bingam et al P.78, at age 21 David should have moved through the first 5 stages of development and be at the Intimacy versus Isolation stage. This is when the individual builds intimate and sexual relationships and bonds with others, but as David has very little social interaction with anyone other than his parents and small team of carers he has clearly not reached this stage of development. David is in fact still at the Initiative versus Guilt stage where he requires a lot of support from his parent and carers in new environments and when meeting new people. If we look at Symbolic Interaction (“George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) belief that “our senses of self-derived from the feedback we receive from out interaction from others”) moore et al in relation to David and how his sense of self concept is derived from interaction we could “say that he has developed a sense of helplessness in response to the actions of others. At home David’s parents have nurtured and cared for...
References: HNC in Social care (2009) Elizabeth Bingham, Cathy Busby, Aileen Conner, Billy Grier, Sue Price, Helen Russell and Shona Shaw
Care in Practise for Higher (2010) Janet Miller, Susan Gibb, George baker and Ellen Lancaster
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