Gentle Teaching is a philosophy for supporting people with disabilities which is based on mutual respect, mutual change, and mutual growth. Emphasis is placed on establishing a solid, positive relationship between people with disabilities and those who support them. With this foundation, change and growth are achieved through teaching new skills and focusing on participation in a logical flow of activities.

davidcloseupwebIn the Gentle Teaching process, the person's dreams and goals take center stage to direct the support they receive. People with disabilities make more choices and take on more control while those who support them gain empathy and reinforce an environment of trust and safety. With Gentle Teaching, disruptive or violent behaviors decrease without the use of restraints, punishments, rewards, or controls.

paulacloseupwebJoin David Yeiter, Paula Smith and Jessica O'Connor for Gentle Teaching workshops to learn about ways to support people with disabilities that focus on creating an environment of trust, safety, and mutual respect. Workshops include Gentle Teaching for Families, an Introduction to Gentle Teaching. An four-part practicum, Essentials of Gentle Teaching, is also available upon request.

Check the MDS Calendar on our Events page for a schedule of Gentle Teaching workshops and training.

Gentle Teaching is a philosophy for supporting people with disabilities which is based on mutual respect, mutual change and mutual growth. Gentle Teaching has been an effective approach for over 25 years in supporting children and adults with disabilities who also have behavioral difficulties.
Introduction to Gentle Teaching
A one-day overview of gentle teaching through lecture, role-playing, discussion and multimedia presentations.
Presenters: Paula Smith and Dave Yeiter
·Tue, October 26, 2010; 9-430; Keene
·Wed, December 8, 2010;  9-430; Peterborough
·Mon, February 7, 2011; 9-430; Keene
·Wed, April 13, 2011; 9-430; Peterborough
·Wed, June 15, 2011; 9-430; Keene
Gentle Teaching for Families
A two-hour workshop that specifically focuses on  typical issues encountered by parents raising a child with an intellectual disability. A brief presentation will be followed by discussion focused on the questions and concerns of the families.
Presenters: Paula Smith and Dave Yeiter   
·    Tue, October 19, 2010; 630-830; Peterborough – The River Center
·    Tue, January 18, 2011; 630-830; Keene – MDS
Essentials of Teaching  
An 8-week practicum course designed to give
participants the basics of effective teaching, with goals accomplished within the context of participants’ work with the individual they are supporting. This course will be scheduled for those who have attended the Gentle Teaching introductory workshop and are willing to make a commitment to the rigors of this practicum. If interested, please contact Paula Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-352-1304.

Note:  Gentle Teaching is also taught as part of MDS Staff Orientation. Please see Orientation schedule and, if interested in attending this segment of Orientation, contact Dave Yeiter, 313-3041, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .