Embracing Gentle Teaching: A Journey of Transformation

As I reflect on my journey with Gentle Teaching, I am reminded of the day Jim and Ben presented it to my class. Back then, the concept was entirely new to me, yet captivating. As they spoke of relationship building, autonomy, respect, and love, I couldn’t help but think, “This is exactly how all humans should be treated.”

In essence, Gentle Teaching wasn’t a revolutionary approach to relationships and caregiving; it was an embodiment of human decency.

Having unknowingly practiced elements of Gentle Teaching for years, I realized that I wanted to be part of an organization that fostered this compassionate care. Previous experiences in environments that restrained individuals with disabilities and treated them as perpetual children were starkly contrasting. Witnessing caregivers degrade, yell, and belittle those they supported was disheartening. I was determined to be part of change, advocating for equality and interdependence in the lives of those who deserved it.

Joining COR felt like a breath of fresh air, surrounded by like-minded individuals who shared my values and beliefs. It felt like home, and I knew I had found my place. The turning point came when I underwent Gentle Teaching training, consciously integrating its principles into my daily life.

Gentle Teaching has taught me the profound impact of making people feel safe. It extends beyond active support to daily interactions, reminding me to smile at strangers, offer a helping hand, and show compassion to those I encounter. It emphasizes the power of slowing down, taking a deep breath, and using my eyes, hands, words, and presence to create an environment of safety for all.

The essence of Gentle Teaching lies in demonstrating unconditional love, even in challenging moments. This philosophy has transformed my relationships and friendships, guided me through difficult situations, and ultimately shaped a fulfilling career and life.

In the words of Kristyn, a proud member of the COR family, “Gentle Teaching has become a part of who I am.” It’s a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and a commitment to creating a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

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