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Try this not that! 

Instead of pretending to understand what the person you support is communicating…

 

Try:

Expressing you’re interested in figuring out what they’re communicating by making eye contact and responding to their communication attempts

Encouraging them to show you or use gestures

Guessing based on context clues

Reiterating any parts you understood to build their confidence

Being sincere when frustration sets in

 

“Assuming competence for any person, whether they have a

disability or not, is a form of empowerment.”

-Becca Eisenberg

 

Posted September 2021

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