You are a disability worker, experienced in assisting people with intellectual disability to develop their daily living and life skills.
Jane is 29 and has an intellectual disability. You are meeting Jane for the first time to begin supporting her in developing daily living skills, specifically cooking and shopping.
You have been told that Jane has moved into a shared house, with staff support during the day, after the recent death of her mother. The house supervisor, Sue, describes her to you as a positive person, who in most instances is able to communicate her needs in basic language, has no behavioural issues and enjoys social interaction. Sue says that Jane will meet you at the house, no staff will be present, but gives you her number in case you need it. You spoke to Jane on the phone last week to introduce yourself and she said she was happy you were coming to help her.
When you meet Jane, she looks at you suspiciously and does not respond when you say hello. When you try to engage her by reminding her who you are and why you’re there she pays no attention, looks over to the corner of the room, nods and starts to laugh and does not stop for some time. She continues to look to the corner, smiling and nodding and not acknowledging your presence at all.
It seems that Jane is seeing or hearing things that you can’t. This is a possible sign of psychosis.
This guideline helps you identify signs that psychosis is developing, and includes how to approach the person, and how to deal with delusions and communication difficulties.Type: Guidelines (PDF) Length: 3 pages Produced by: Mental Health First Aid
The NDIS Code of Conduct Guidance for Workers provides guidance for workers in the NDIS about complying with the NDIS Code of Conduct. The guidance provides information and examples about what the Code of Conduct means in practice.