The Bachelor of Behavioural Science program and Community Living Central York began a new research project this summer. The research focused on the impact of trauma-informed care on social skills, communication skills and challenging behaviours of seniors with developmental disabilities. Fourth-year BBS students Rachele Arseneau and Tina Sahota were research assistants for the project.
Research commenced in July when Rachele, Tina, and BBS Program Coordinator, Jo Anne Nugent, visited the day program in Keswick to be oriented to the setting and collect baseline data. The research group is eager to return in January to conduct observations at the six-month stage of the project and again in March.
Community Living Central York has been funded by the Ministry of Children, Social and Community Services to investigate the potential of trauma-informed care with this client population. There is a potential for this approach to be used more broadly across the developmental services sector, and thus, is an exciting opportunity for Humber to participate in significant research.