Family Systems Analysis: Gilbert Grape

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Gilbert Grape Family Systems Analysis Gilbert Grape Family Systems Analysis The Grapes are a family living in a rural and economically depressed community. The members of the Grape family currently residing in the family home consist of; mother Bonnie Grape who is depressed and consequently morbidly obese, Amy Grape who is the eldest child and who has assumed the role of homemaker, Gilbert Grape is the eldest male sibling who is employed at a local grocery store is the provider, Arnie Grape is Gilbert’s younger brother; Arnie suffers from a debilitating medical condition that has not only kept him from achieving age appropriate developmental milestones but also threatens to shorten his life expectancy. The youngest sibling Ellen Grape;…show more content…
Arnie Grape is an energetic, mentally disabled young man who is approaching his 18th birthday despite the fact that he was not expected to live very long after birth. He is extremely active, tends to get overstimulated, and requires constant supervision and assistance with his activities of daily living. Learning to perform activities of daily living, like dressing, self-feeding, and toileting, is crucial to a person’s independence and their ability to take part in the larger world (Activities of daily living, 2008). Despite the challenges that Arnie’s care presents for the family, it is obvious that he is well cared for, however the ability for Arnie to do these tasks himself would lighten the load for the family, especially Gilbert. Arnie also has a special relationship with his mother, she is often the only one that can calm him when he is…show more content…
At this point in time I am seeing a family that is consumed by the care and supervision of their mentally disabled son/brother, leaving very little time for self-care or nurturing healthy relationships. My plan is to focus my attention on Arnie Grape; his disabilities and need for constant supervision. My first course of action for Arnie is to have him thoroughly evaluated, both physically and mentally and also get input from the family as far as what they would like to see accomplished for Arnie and by Arnie. I am going to ensure that he is provided with physical and occupational therapy to improve his activities of daily living skills as well as gain some independence in his care. I am also going to make sure that an IEP or Individualized Education Plan is implemented and an appropriate educational setting is chosen. The purpose of an IEP is to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities (A Guide to the Individualized Education Program , 2012). I am also going to seek out volunteers to supervise Arnie from time to time to allow
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