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Background to the Brown family

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									      The Browne Family
         Bernice Pearson



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    Background to the Brown family
§   THOMAS, 4- has cerebral palsy
§   GINA, pregnant with 3rd child   § CLARE:isolation, feeling
§   CLARE, 7-truanting, at risk       unsupported
§   ROB-breadwinner, new job        § New school
§   RELOCATION presents new
    factors, needs and underlying   § THOMAS:new MDT
    issues                          § Future schooling
§   FAMILY                          § Ongoing developmental
§   EG:Loss of support/loneliness     challenges
§   Financial strain
§   GINA:anxiety/depression/        § ROB:unable to support Gina
    tiredness                         fully, travels with new job
§   Fear for new baby(disability)
§   Fear of reoccurrence of PND
                               § CLARE-liaise school
Priority Areas of
                               § mentoring
Intervention                   § taxi/walk with mentor to
§   GINA-liaise midwife          school
§   team of helpers (POC)s/s   § child psychologist
§   rest and respite
§   treat depression           § THOMAS-acclimatise to
§   paternity leave (ROB)        new MDT
§   extra time for CLARE       § decision on future
                                 schooling
§   mother/baby group, make
    friends/settle in          § full ongoing support
    community                  § condition specific
                                 agencies/info/friends/
                                 support for all family
                               § s/s holiday for FAMILY
Together Everyone Achieves More
            MDT
§ POSSIBLE EFFECTS
  ON DEVELOPMENT                Thomas
§ -May be slowed
§ -Learning difficulties   POSSIBLE EFFECTS
§ -Physical disabilities   ON LIFE STYLE
                           -Full time care
                           -Aids/adaptations-
§ POSSIBLE EFFECTS
                           alterations to home,
  ON FUNCTIONAL
                           could affect choice of
  ABILITY
                           home
§ -Lack of independence    -Less time for family
  in;sitting, standing,    -Financial constraints
  mobility                 -Travel constraints
§ -Communication           -Social constraints
  difficulties
§ -Feeding problems
     PRO’s & CON’s of schooling for Thomas
§ SPECIAL SCHOOL-pro’s            § MAINSTREAM pro’s
§   would not feel “different”    § same school as Clare
§   adapted environment           § mix with able bodied
§   specialist trained staff      § disability act(environment
§   “safer” environment             adaptation)
§   smaller classes               § local/integrate in community
                                  § after school activities/less travel
§ con’s
                                  § may reach higher potential
§   not the “real” world
§   often further to travel       § con’s
§   quality of education?         §   possible bullying(Clare & Thomas)
§   Costs?                        §   lack of adaptive equipment
§   Not part of local community   §   independence training?
§   challenge independence?       §   Bigger classes
                                  §   less trained workers
                                  §   stigma/prejudice
                                  §   disability act-lift/wheelchair
                                      access?

								
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