The Living Link – Creating abilities from disabilities

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I recently visited The Living Link, a life- and work skills training centre for young adults (18 years to 35 years) who have a mild intellectual disability or mild learning challenges, to find out more about what they offer. I was thoroughly impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and by the programmes on offer, such as the Adult Integration and Work Readiness programmes.

Their programmes provide the following for their trainees:

  • Promotes self-empowerment and guides each individual towards their potential;
  • Provides them with the tools to continuously develop themselves and become included within society;
  • Provides them with the knowledge, skills and support to be meaningfully employed in the open labour market and become contributing citizens.

The programmes at The Living Link act as a link/bridge for the young adults who are able and wanting to enter the open labour market, as it gives them the experience and understanding of what the workplace environment expects of its members. Through their Supportive Employment Model, The Living Link assists graduated trainees in obtaining and retaining employment in the open labour market.

For more information about their programmes, and the application process, take a look at their website: http://www.thelivinglink.co.za or contact Claire, on 0215321812.

Does my child need formal assessment?

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Formal assessment involves the use of assessment measures and tests, to get a sense of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.  Early identification of learning disorders and developmental disabilities means that your child can receive specialist attention and multi-disciplinary support to scaffold development and meet your child’s developmental and educational needs

Signs that your child may benefit from a formal assessment:

  • Meeting milestones later than peers, or not at all
  • Carrying out actions in a repetitive way
  • Strong resistance to change
  • Little or no interest in playing with other children
  • Frequent aggressive behaviour: e.g.; biting, pinching, kicking or self-injurious behaviours

While some carers are reluctant to seek help for their child’s difficulties, a diagnosis can bring a sense of understanding and relief, and guide treatment and support from additional specialists. If you would like to discuss assessment, or to ask further questions, please contact me.