Katja Burakoff

The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

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Publications (2)1.02 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Purpose - This paper aims to evaluate the role of the supervisor's support on the effectiveness of a communication training program targeted at staff members who work with individuals who have profound and multiple learning disabilities. Design/methodology/approach - The aim was to explore which aspects of supervisory support influenced the staff members to participate in the programme and the results for the on-going effects of the training. Findings - Staff members reported a need for more supervisory support to maintain the results of the training and to disseminate the new practices to non-trained staff. Originality/value - Although supervisory support seems to benefit staff members during their participation in training programmes, even careful planning and execution of this support cannot ensure its continuation after the training is finished.
    Tizard Learning Disability Review 04/2014; 19(2):77-84. DOI:10.1108/TLDR-03-2013-0023
  • Katja Koski · Kaisa Martikainen · Katja Burakoff · Kaisa Launonen ·
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    ABSTRACT: Often communication training has been directed at the communication practices of staff members working with people with multiple learning disabilities. To date, the thinking habits of staff members, which also influence interactions, have not been addressed. We identified the issues staff members perceived as important for their development as communication partners after participating in a communication training program. Six key staff members participated in semistructured interviews that explored the insights they had gained during participation in the Finnish communication training program OIVA. Participating staff members identified issues relating to the communication practices and thinking habits they had acquired during the training. Both communication practices and thinking habits were important for the staff members' development as communication partners. The findings of this study suggest that it is important to give staff members the opportunity to learn new practices and to explore the thinking that underpins the actions they perform during communication training.
    Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability 12/2010; 35(4):279-89. DOI:10.3109/13668250.2010.517189 · 1.02 Impact Factor