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Independence Tip#1: Respect your loved one as an adult.

October 15, 2022

I asked over 9,500 families, “What is your #1 Strategy for helping your loved one with a developmental disability to gain more independence?” and hundreds of responses came back!

I’m building a video series for you to share these 12 independence tips, and today I’m excited to share Tip #1 with you!

Tip#1: Respect your loved one as an adult. This means treating and respecting your loved one as a person. Focusing on their strengths, not their disability.

I invite you to check out the 3-minute video where I go deeper on this tip for you.

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Written Article/ Transcript:

Tip#1: Respect your loved one as an adult.

The #1 advice I would give is treating and respecting your loved one as a person. Focus on their strengths, not their disability.

After making this change, I was taken back by how much we as a family looked at our daughter in that way [at her disability] even though we believe in independence. We now see our daughter as a 25-year-old, even though her maturity level is not quite there.”
– Gloria B.W. (Mother)

I love this shift that Gloria and her family have made. It sounds simple, but it has a massive positive impact on your loved one’s independence.

Think about it for a minute, if we see and treat our loved one as their actual age, our expectations increase. And as our expectations increase, so does the opportunity for your loved one to grow.

So, the insight here is that when we respect our loved one as an adult, our loved one has the opportunity to grow into an adult.

I’m Eric Goll. Together, let’s take a step forward.

Get all 12 Independence tips now (for free) by tapping the link below:

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