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Helping prepare people with learning disabilities for injections using sensory communication

Jo Grace explains approaches to giving an injection with someone who is non-verbal

Jo Grace explains approaches to giving an injection with someone who is non-verbal

Jo Grace, from The Sensory Projects, explains in this video, made at this year's Positive Choices and Positive Commitments conference at Trinity College Dublin, how important touch can be to a person with profound and multiple learning disabilities undergoing an injection, when language is meaningless.


Watch: Jo Grace explains how to prepare someone who has always been non-verbal for an injection

 

 


Begin by touching them on the arm firmly, build up a more rhthmic pattern and build into a more pointed touch before giving the injection. 

'When we build rhythm into sensory communications we build anticpation and predictability and in doing that we enable people to feel more safe and secure.

'You might think you are looking to distract somebody from an injection but actually what causes pain is partly the physical appearance and partly fear and in preparing me for that experience you are taking away my fear and making that experience more pleasant, accessible and more understandable to me,' she explains.

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