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Florida ARF & FADSP Celebrate Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week

DSP’s Making a Difference: Leylany Hernandez


FADSP LogoAs part of DSP Recognition Week, FADSP is pleased to recognize Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve.  Leylany Hernandez is one of those DSPs.

Image of leylanyhernandezLeylany Hernandez has been a Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc. (MCP) employee for 7 years and currently serves as a Direct Support Professional.  Leylany is not only considered a DSP employed at the Life Long Learning Program (LLLP) of MCP but also a member of the “MSE Team.”  The Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist is a program that offers a variety of sensory experiences that bridges the gap between the individual and deficits in modulating sensory input there by allowing participants with physical, cognitive, behavioral, and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore their immediate environment via sensory integrated interventions.  At a glance, the MSE comprises of one on one session(s) offering opportunities for the individual to engage in a variety of therapeutic interventions that elicit a desired response based on the attendee(s) sensory deficits.  With this being said, none of this is possible without the support of Leylany and her dedication in addressing the needs of the individual(s) she serves.  While under the supervision of the occupational therapist, Leylany is trained yearly on updates and innovative techniques and approaches to ensure that her skills are current and effective.  She shows excellent integrity and responsibility by taking it a step further by asking questions, offering suggestions, and providing accurate feedback regarding activities and treatment provided to each client.

The dedication and passion provided by Leylany is extraordinary.  With Leylany, the MSE has broadened its mission of providing a relaxed and enjoyable environment that addresses the sensory integrative limitation of its participants to well beyond its initial purpose.  Leylany has stepped up to the challenge of integrating skills obtained during treatment sessions to include providing the skills needed to increase the individuals participation in the classroom, the community, and in their activities of daily living.  Leylany has collectively combined her personal experiences with the clients and her sensory integrative training to ensure that each and every individual receives personalized treatment that is multifaceted, dynamic, and most importantly, client centered.  There are many examples of how amazing Leylany is and how much care goes into finding the “just right fit” between the intervention and the individual.  This can only occur when the person(s) providing the treatment has the tenacity in exploring options that equal results and this is Leylany’s number one goal.

Leylany takes it upon herself to research, observe, and read all she can on the person she is supporting so that she can meet each and every need.  She desires to provide a client centered approach during treatment and equips them with the tools needed to advocate the likes and dislikes of the individual both at the residence and at the LLLP.  Leylany evaluates the health factors of each individual and ensures that she provides an optimal and safe environment for the individual at the same time documenting and relaying important findings to ensure that the clients attending the MSE as well as their other clients are receiving the best service and care on a daily basis.  She has formed close relationships with the people she supports and is seen by her peers as a tremendous supporter of MSE and its objective in meeting the needs of the individuals served.

Thank you Leylany for your continued service to the individuals served at Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services!