A good mentor provides opportunities for the support person to learn through experiencing strategic moments with the supported individual. Once the moment of learning has passed, the mentor then follows up by debriefing the moment and providing advice and encouragement, all the while serving as a role model of gentleness with teammates and individuals alike.
A gentle mentor’s role is to help a support person identify their strengths and weaknesses in order for them to advance their own gentle skills. This of course means spending one-on-one time with the team member whom you are mentoring.
A gentle teaching mentor is someone that people naturally look up to for answers. They have a deep understanding that Gentle Teaching is not a method of caring for people with disabilities, but is a philosophy of life. And, they are committed to investing time and effort in the mentor/mentee relationship.