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Employee Spotlight -Steven Daniel, Direct Support Professional

Employee Spotlight -Steven Daniel, Direct Support Professional

2016 Employee of the Year – Steven Daniel, North Bay Program

Steven Daniel has been a Direct Service Professional in North Bay Adaptive Skills Training Program for approximately two years.  He came to Omelagah Inc. willing and eager to learn about developmental disabilities and behavior management. When Steven was introduced to his first client he was unaware of the challenges that he would face.  Steven learned how to use senses, other than hearing, to listen to his hearing impaired client.  He learned how to read body language and to be able to communicate using gestures, writing and minimal sign language.  Mostly, Steven spent an extraordinary amount of time just learning as much as he could about his client.  This provided him with wonderful insights to his behaviors and his past, making Steven an even more effective DSP.   He was also introduced to his client’s room mate, who had a rich history of behavior disruption.  Instead of drawing the line and saying to his room mates staff person “this is your client so you deal with him and I’ll deal with my client,” Steven grabbed the bull by the horns and made it his business to have a deep knowledge and understanding of his client’s room mate as well.   This meant that he could lend greater support to his co-worker, provide better service to his own client, meet the needs of both men when necessary and contribute to a greater sense of harmony in the home.  Steven has proven to be conscientious, trustworthy, skilled and uniquely professional.  – Paula Sifflet, Program Director, North Bay