We are proud to announce that Salisbury Support 4 Autism has received an award from the Association of Psychological Therapies, the 2016 RAID Annual Award for work in challenging behaviour. The award was established to keep people ‘enthused’ about working with challenging behaviour, enabling those who often exhibit such behaviour to lead rewarding lives for themselves and those around them. Salisbury Support 4 Autism is an organisation providing complete living support for adults on the Autism Spectrum. The recipient of the 2016 RAID Award is recognition for organisations working with challenging behaviour that merits it, thus qualifying them to be able to put the words “Recipient of a RAID 2016 award for working with challenging behaviour” on their letters/emails. The benefit of receiving such an award is primarily in satisfaction and status. The tangible benefit is in the form of a certificate, which states the organisation’s receipt of the award. The basis for the award does not only necessarily require the standards of the RAID Approach during the assessment/intervention, it also welcomes anything new in favour of the client. Areas scrutinised include:
- Description of an assessment/ intervention with a patient or a group of patients
- The effective and positive approach of the assessment or intervention
- What inspires other people who read it to also implement ideas in their practice
- Other written case studies or research papers
- Service user testimonials or other written materials that support the purpose.
The awards are made annually, and entries submitted are retained and examined shortly after the closing date. Judges’ overall remark: This is an impressive single case study featuring a 25-year-old man with a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition and a breakdown of his relationship with his family. The study tells the story of analysing the function of his challenging behaviour and implementing contingencies to virtually eliminate it and re-establish the family relationships. It is notable for the correct understanding of negative reinforcement, sophisticated communication strategies, and the deliberate encouragement of choice. A very attractive study. View our entry.