Person Centred? So what’s that about?

We have been running a poll on our site to find out if people had heard of person centred thinking and tools and if they used them.

surveyA big thank you to all of those of you who took the time to respond.  The poll has also led to some very thought-provoking chats on Facebook and Twitter.  One person commented that they used person centred thinking but had never heard of the tools.  Another commented that she couldn’t imagine how different her child’s quality of life would be if she hadn’t used this.

We had some interesting results in the poll, some of which we expected, but some which were slightly unexpected.

Have you heard of them?

We asked if you had heard of/used person centred thinking and tools.

  • 24% had never heard of them
  • 35% use them regularly
  • 26% were trying to use
  • 14% weren’t sure where to begin
  • 1% had heard a little bit about them but didn’t plan to use them.

So 38% had either never heard of them or weren’t sure where to begin.  Add to the 26% who were trying to use them and we can see that there is still a long way to go in

What makes it more interesting was the fact that 24% of the respondents were from Yorkshire/Humberside and 22% from the North West.  We have found, from experience and talking with families, that there is much more awareness and actually usage of person centred tools and thinking in these areas.  When we drilled down, we realised that, with the exception of two families, the 35% who said they use them regularly were from those areas.

Why is this?

We did consider running a much more in-depth survey but we know, from our own experiences, that families are on consultation over load.  So a quick “do you use them” and “where are you from” seemed to be a better option.

Also, surveys only give us statistics.  We wanted to open the discussion and the poll seemed to help with that.  We now want to continue that conversation, so let us know what you think.  Your knowledge and experience is invaluable.

  • Why do you think the awareness is much higher in the North than the South?   
  • Why do you think parents don’t use person centred thinking or tools?
  • Why do you think parents are nervous and not sure how to use them?
  • And why would families not plan to use them?

Chat to us either on here, via our Facebook group or page, or via our Twitter account.  We really do want to know what you think.

Coming soon

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Debs Aspland

Mum to three great kids, each with a different SEN. Transplanted from the NW to the SE. Co-founder and Director of Bringing Us Together

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