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Empowering Growth: Navigating Challenges In Disability Support Services

Challenges in Disability Support Services

Hello Wonderful Souls,


Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Teresa Spiteri, and I’m thrilled to share a little piece of my heart with you. For the past 1 ½ years, I’ve had the honour of serving as a disability support worker at RISU Care, and let me tell you, it’s been nothing short of life-changing. At 53 years young, I’ve found the most rewarding career that fills my soul with joy and purpose.

My Journey So Far in Disability Support Services

As a disability support provider with RISU Care journey has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. Every day, I embody the roles of an active listener, a beacon of patience, and a pillar of respect. Above all, I am a vessel of genuine care. Building deep connections with my clients has become the highlight of my days. There’s something incredibly humbling about being trusted with someone’s vulnerabilities, fears, and dreams. The most rewarding part of this job is helping my clients develop social skills and seeing their bright smile at the end of my shift.

Empowering Calm: A Journey Through the STAR Method in Disability Support

Take, for instance, the story of a client grappling with overwhelming anxiety triggered by loud noises. Through the STAR method – a simple yet powerful framework of Support, Teach, Assist, and Reassure – I’ve been able to guide her towards a place of calm and safety. It’s moments like these that remind me of the transformative power of compassion and positivity. While facing various challenges in disability support services, my role as her support worker is crucial. I step in to explain and reassure her that the noise poses no harm. I guide her to understand where the loud sounds are originating from, emphasizing her safety. I remind her that whenever she encounters loud noises, she need not succumb to anxiety. By instilling a positive mindset, essential for overcoming fears, I aim to create a sense of security for my client.

A Path to Growth and Fulfilment in Disability Support

But it’s not just about navigating through challenges; in day-to-day working facing challenges in disability support services is also about embracing new beginnings. I’ve had the privilege of guiding my clients through periods of change, helping them set and achieve new goals, and ultimately, find joy in their journey. From reducing expectations to acknowledging and accepting change, I’ve seen firsthand how embracing new beginnings can lead to incredible growth and fulfillment.

Finding Inspiration while Facing Challenges in Disability Support Services

Every day is a fresh opportunity to empower my clients to lead lives filled with happiness, activity, and self-esteem. Focusing on their well-being and encouraging them to pursue their passions, I’ve witnessed incredible transformations. These occur when one embraces the beauty of new beginnings.

As I reflect on my journey, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to walk alongside these incredible individuals. Their resilience, courage, and unwavering spirit inspire me to be a better person every single day.

To anyone reading this, I want to leave you with this thought: within every challenge lies an opportunity for growth, and within every new beginning lies the potential for greatness. Embrace it with open arms, my friends, for the journey ahead is filled with endless possibilities.


With love and light,


Teresa Spiteri

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