Gentle Teaching uses the relationship between the
Individual and the caregiver as the foundation for teaching. When a
trusting relationship has been established, the Individual learns to value
the skill being taught from valuing the relationship with the
caregiver. Unlike in a token-economy system, the learning process
has meaning. Teaching the Individual to experience companionship
is more important than controlling his/her behaviors.
Before we develop teaching goals for an Individual, it is
important to assess the Individual's Quality of Life Values, Sense of Companionship and Community,
Life Elements, and Quality of Life Assets. From this, an Individual's
plan outlines both formal
and informal teaching directions. The formal direction helps the
caregiver to teach the Individual the particular goal. The caregiver
values, teaches, and protects the Individual during the teaching process,
and in return, the Individual reciprocates the value of the
teaching. The informal direction outlines meaningful daily activities that support the teaching goals.
See the assessment and handbook for Teaching the
Dimension of Quality of Life. It
explains how to develop a teaching plan to facilitate improving the
Individual's quality of life. Also see the
Teaching Form, which identifies with caregivers the
methodology of teaching.