Do you feel uncomfortable when speaking to a person with cerebral palsy? Do you have doubts about what to say, afraid to cause misinterpretation? It’s time to understand how to connect with someone with cerebral palsy. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways that you can do it. Read on to learn more.
- Speak directly to them.
Relax and feel comfortable enough to ask questions to the person directly. It would feel more personal rather than asking around for answers. Talk to them the way you talk to other adults. Whether you are a caregiver providing respite care or meeting a cerebral palsy adult for the first time, ask respectful questions to the person and make them feel normal.
- Listen attentively.
Are you visiting a friend with cerebral palsy at an adult residential care facility? Speaking directly to them is one thing and listening attentively to their responses is another. Make them feel heard, and if they have difficulty speaking, be patient with them. Allow them to do the talking and give them the chance to repeat themselves if need be.
- Be wary of their mobility issues.
Adults with cerebral palsy may also be experiencing mobility issues. Health professionals provide disability care in California but if it’s your first time to meet/greet adults with cerebral palsy, be sure not to lean on their wheelchair. Keep your distance, and give them their personal space even if you’re communicating directly with them.
Magellan Residential Care, Inc. offers residential care in Perris, California. As a caring home dedicated to caring for your developmentally disabled loved ones, we provide a variety of activities and opportunities to develop their skills and abilities. Do you want to learn more about how we can help? Call us at 951-238-1008.