In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person?
Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth? Carl Rogers
New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense
Can we count the types of treatments offered to children and adults with disabilities? We can start with physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as behavior, art, music, water, horticulture, recreation, conductive, constraint, aversive, and other therapeutic services. We could add other “remedies,” such as daily living and/or life-skills training; orthotics/prosthetics; psychological and psychiatric regimens; early intervention; behavior management; vocational training; special education; social-skills training; and many more. The list seems to be endless!
But what about the way people are treated while they’re receiving treatments, instruction, and/or other assistance? All of the “treatments” in the world are of little value if the person receiving the treatment is also being treated unkindly.
While many people working in the field are usually kind, there are, unfortunately, too many instances of people in “caring” positions who behave in uncaring ways. I’ve experienced it in our own family’s life; I’ve seen it during visits to places populated by people with disabilities; and I hear stories from people with disabilities and families. This article represents the concerns that many feel about this issue. Click here to continue.