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.
In 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.
Join 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.