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Addressing Mealtime Issues in the Home or Workplace

Presenters: Stevie Marvin, MS, CCC-SLP and Sandy Droster, OTR

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 10, 2017: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)
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“Why does he cough when he is eating?”
“Why can’t we just cut up his food instead of grinding it up anyway?”
“Why has she had pneumonia so often this past two years?”
“How do you get this thickening stuff to the right consistency?”

Do you, your co-workers or family members ever ask these types of questions about someone you care for? If so, please come to this highly important training opportunity!
Adults with developmental disabilities often have challenges with swallowing that may go unrecognized. Many conditions, diseases and the process of aging affect our ability to swallow safely. Attending this course will help you to know when to refer for a swallowing evaluation and how to better care for persons who have difficulty swallowing. Useful Information on types of swallowing disorders, signs of difficulty swallowing, and practical management of these conditions including diet modifications and feeding strategies will be provided.

About the Presenters:
Stevie Marvin, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech and language pathologist and a member of the Swallow team at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders and related issues. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Stevie is highly interested in providing swallowing assistance to tracheotomy and vent dependent patients, to individuals with brain injuries and adults with developmental disabilities.
The University of Wisconsin – Voice & Swallow Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with concerns related to speaking, voice, and swallowing. The professionals at UW Health’s Swallowing Clinic evaluate and treat adult and pediatric patients with concerns about their swallowing function. We perform comprehensive reviews, taking into consideration any medical, surgical, lifestyle, occupational and emotional factors related to your concern.
Points that will be covered by Speech Therapy: How do we swallow? Why is dysphagia a concern? Common signs and symptoms of swallowing problems · What is aspiration and why it is bad? Silent aspiration, why we should be concerned · What is a swallow study? What are some treatments for someone with a swallowing problem? Choking precautions · Dysphagia diets and modifications · How to use thickening products easily and correctly.

Sandy Droster, OTR received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy along with Certification of Specialization in Gerontology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.  She has worked her entire career working with individuals with neurological impairment as a result of accident or illness.  She has practiced for over 5 years in the field of developmental disabilities with clients ranging from early childhood to adulthood.  Sandy has lectured to a variety of health care professionals on topics related to treatment of individuals with neurological deficits and developmental delays including treatment of the hemiparetic upper extremity, spasticity, adaptive equipment use, oral-motor function/dysfunction, sensory defensiveness, and aquatic therapy.

Central Wisconsin Center supports individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Services are provided to assist individuals in acquiring the personal skills needed to reach their highest potential. Central Wisconsin Center offers residential and short term care services to individuals of all age groups. Occupational Therapy offers evaluation and treatment to all individuals at Central Wisconsin Center. Evaluation and treatment includes sensory function, upper extremity abilities and activities of daily living skills. Occupational Therapy emphasizes safe eating within the highest functional performance each individual can achieve.

Points that will be covered by Occupational Therapy Simulation experience (client perspective) · Setting up for mealtime success · Environmental preparations · Positioning at mealtime · Equipment use · Basic techniques · Encouraging maximal participation in the mealtime experience · Addressing frequent mealtime problems
Please join us for this practical, informative session!

Adult CPR and First Aid (Red Cross Certified)

Instructor: RaeAnn Fahey/Veronica Polacek
Date & Time: Tuesdays, 12:00 - 4:00 PM, Except for February

May 16, 2017
June 13, 2017
July 18, 2017
August 8, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 7, 2017
December 12, 2017

Please Note: There is an 8-person minimum to hold the Adult CPR and First Aid training, with a maximum number of 14.

All First Aid and CPR trainings carry a 2-year certification (for more information see the Red Cross Website).

Registration Fee:
Staff working for a Dane County Developmental Disabilities Services Agency: $70 per person

All Other Dane County Contracted Providers: $95 per person, please note: preference is given to agencies providing services to adults with developmental disabilities in Dane county.

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Description:
The course content includes recognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults and heart disease prevention. This training also includes an overview of first aid. Skills include Adult CPR, controlling bleeding; caring for muscle, bone and joint injuries; treating burns; and responding to shock. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, students will receive Quick Reference Guide and an Adult CPR and First Aid Certificate.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Developmental Disabilities

Presenter: Pat Wilson, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Community Outreach Wisconsin: 122 East Olin Ave., Ste. 100, Madison WI
Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

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Join Pat Wilson from the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW) for an informative and practical discussion of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and specific issues that arise for people with developmental disabilities.  The ADAW is a non-profit organization that is designed to provide a link to resources for people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. The ADAW is also deeply concerned with providing support to those who care for persons with dementia. Their mission is to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as provide a quality life for the person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

About the presenter:

Pat Wilson started as a volunteer Memory Loss Helpline Specialist at the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin in February 2001. She currently works part-time as a Family Support Coordinator. Pat was the primary caregiver for her father who had Alzheimer's disease.  She also works part-time as a Support Broker and was the guardian for her oldest brother who was developmentally disabled.

Dual Diagnosis: Psychiatric Medication Review

Presented by: Steve Singer, MD
Date and Time: TBD

Registration Fee:
$24 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $12)

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This training contains practical information that is beneficial for brokers, case managers and direct support providers who support individuals with a dual diagnosis (Developmental Disability and Mental Health).

In this presentation, Dr. Singer reviews major concepts in the understanding and use of psychiatric medication. Medication names, categories, beneficial effects, adverse effects, alternative medications, alternative therapies, and other aspects of psychiatric treatment are discussed. Several examples of medication management are provided, with a focus on clients who struggle with DD and Mental Health diagnoses. Time is given for interactive discussion.

About the presenter:

Steve Singer, MD, has extensive experience treating persons with developmental disabilities and provides psychiatric care and consultation to individuals with developmental disabilities through the Waisman Center Community TIES Clinic.

Epilepsy and Daily Living

Presenter: Art Taggart, Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin
Date and Time: TBD

Registration Fee:
$30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

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Everything you want to know (and more!) about recurring seizures, seizure recognition, and first aid for seizures. An overview of the international classification system for seizures will make you a better observer and recorder of seizure activity. Differential diagnoses, behavioral events, and medication issues will be covered in addition to common psychosocial issues affecting people with epilepsy and you will view video footage of all the major seizure types. Get answers to all your questions during the interactive Q & A.

Art Taggart has been the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin since 1991. The Epilepsy Foundation named him Executive of the Year at their national conference in October 2003. Mr. Taggart is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in English and Philosophy. In addition to nonprofit management, he has a background in sales, marketing, and has been a management consultant to the hospitality industry. Mr. Taggart has been elected by his peers to the Management Operations Team of the Epilepsy Foundation National Office. He has served on the National Fund Raising Task Force and has chaired its subcommittee on technology and fund development. As Executive Director at the Epilepsy Foundation, Mr. Taggart speaks regularly on epilepsy, seizure first aid, and on psychosocial issues affecting people with chronic health conditions. Mr. Taggart is past chairperson of the Coalition for Wisconsin Health, an 80-member organization dedicated to universal, portable, and affordable health insurance for all Wisconsin residents.

Go With Your Gut

Presented by Waisman WIN
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

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WIN nurses who work and interact with clients and staff in their homes and other health care settings share information on how to improve nutrition, exercise and bowel health. Join us for a fun and interesting hands-on training!

The course includes:

  • Eating well on a budget
  • Simple ways to plan, shop and cook healthy meals
  • Exercise and movement ideas adaptable for anyone
  • Constipation prevention
  • Alternatives to laxatives
  • Constipation dangers: impaction, obstruction, death
  • Ways to document bowel concerns

A realistic, practical perspective by nurses who understand.

Growing Old with Prader-Willi Syndrome: Health and Safety Issues and Concerns

Presented by: Barb Dorn, RN, BSN
Date and Time: TBD

Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

We continue to learn more about health and safety issues that affect adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) as they age.  Most issues are not unique to persons with PWS, however we are seeing them occur at an earlier age than the nondisabled population. 
Topics covered will include:

  • Slow Gastric Emptying and Constipation,
  • Urinary Incontinence,
  • Low Bone Density - Osteoporosis
  • Mobility Challenges and Fall Prevention. 

An overview of these topics will be presented along with measures to prevent, minimize and/or manage them will be shared.

Target Audience: Direct care givers, case managers and anyone who cares for the adult with Prader-Willi syndrome

Time Allocation: 1.5 hours

Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Share what researchers are learning about aging and persons with PWS.
  • Describe normal aging issues for the following health concerns:
    • Gastrointestinal system
    • Urinary Tract system
    • Bone Density
  • Identify aging issues and safety concerns for the adult with PWS
  • Describe preventative and treatment strategies that can be utilized in supporting the aging adult with PWS

Barb Dorn, RN, BSN: Barb is a Registered Nurse who recently retired from the University of WI Hospital and Clinics - University Station Internal Medicine Clinic in Madison, WI.  She has over 37 years of experience as a nurse.  Over the past 24 years, Barb has served as the past president of PWSA of WI, Inc. and PWSA (USA).  She has extensive experience as a consultant, advocate, educator and counselor for persons with PWS.  She currently serves as a Consultant and Training Coordinator for PWSA of WI, Inc. She has created and contributed many articles and handouts on the care and management of persons with PWS especially in the areas of health and education.  She has been a speaker at many conferences on topics supporting the person with PWS.  Barb Dorn is the parent of two sons, Tyler age 28 and Tony age 30 who has PWS.

Is It Pain?

Presented by Waisman WIN
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2017: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

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Many clients have difficulty in understanding their pain or telling others about it. Clients’ lives can be greatly improved when pain and the cause of pain is discovered.

WIN nurses are experienced in looking for and finding clients’ hidden pain.  This class will help raise your awareness of pain possibilities that may negatively affect individuals that you support.  It will include interactive activities to enhance your learning.
The course includes:

  • Causes of pain
  • Pain prevention
  • Behavior - a clue to pain
  • Practical ways to help
  • What to share with medical professionals

A realistic, practical perspective by nurses who understand.

Living with Diabetes: Learning, coping, helping . . .

Presented by the nurses from the Waisman WIN Program

Date and Time: TBD

Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

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Diabetes is both common and dangerous. Learn what you can do to prevent diabetes and how to work with people who have diabetes to keep them healthy. This class is a hands-on interactive learning experience.

In this class you will learn:

  • What is diabetes
  • Diabetes risk factors
  • How diabetes affects the body
  • Planning and preparing healthy meals
  • Exercise and diabetes
  • Ways to check blood sugar
  • What blood sugar numbers mean
  • Symptoms of high and low blood sugars and what to do
  • Diabetes medications
  • Prevention and awareness of diabetes complications

WIN classes provide a realistic, practical perspective by nurses who understand.

OSHA/Universal Precautions

Instructor: Barb Dorn/Carole Morley

Dates & Times:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2017: 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, July 11, 2017: 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, July 25, 2017: 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2017: 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 5, 2017: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Tues, October 24, 2017: 9:00 - 11:30 AM

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Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

Description:
This class meets the requirements for the mandated annual training required by OSHA for support providers whose jobs involve potential contact with blood-borne pathogens.

Safe Medication Administration

Instructor: Carole Morley/Barb Dorn

Dates & Times:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017: 12:00 – 3:30 PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017: 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, July 11, 2017: 12:00 – 3:30 PM* Follows OSHA
Tuesday, July 25, 2017: 12:00 – 3:30 PM* Follows OSHA
Tuesday, August 15, 2017: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday, September 5, 2017: 12:00 - 3:30 PM* Follows OSHA
Tuesday, September 26, 2017: 12:00 – 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 12:00 - 3:30 PM* Follows OSHA
Tuesday, October 31, 2017: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

Space is limited. Please call to notify Training & Consultation if you are unable to attend. Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the start of the training will be charged the full registration fee.

Description:
Learn the "Do's and Don'ts" about safe medication administration. How can you reduce risk for the people that you support (and yourself) when handling or taking medications? What questions should you ask about medications? Where can you get answers and information? The classes are particularly recommended for anyone who is responsible for administering medications or for participating in a medication distribution system.

Video Supplement

Medication Administration Routes
(PDF presentation with links to YouTube videos)

Save My Skin

Presented by the nurses from the Waisman WIN Program

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 26, 2017: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration Fee: $30 (Reduced fee for Dane County Contracted Developmental Disability Support Providers: $15)

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Keeping skin whole and healthy helps a person feel comfortable and prevents infection.  When skin problems occur, severe infections can develop which are painful, life-threatening, or lead to amputation.

Learn what you can do to prevent clients from having skin problems such as open sores and rashes.  Develop your knowledge of what to watch for and what to do when you see a possible problem.  This is an interactive learning experience.

In this class you will learn about:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Fungal infections such as yeast
  • Shearing injuries
  • Skin tears
  • Boils
  • Rashes
  • Self-injury/skin picking

This class is particularly recommended for anyone who is providing direct care services to individuals with disabilities living in the community.

These sessions are designed to equip professionals with the knowledge to safely support people with disabilities and their health care needs.