A Matter of Perspective: How We Perceive a Client with an Intellectual Disability

 

 

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Let’s take a client in a residential setting. We’ll call him… or her… Chris. Next, we’ll compare how we perceive Chris’s behaviors with our own. They’re the same behaviors but with different names. It’s a matter of perception.

Us 

  1. Voices own opinion
  2. Is independent
  3. Changes one’s mind
  4. Is energetic
  5. Likes to be friendly, social
  6. Enjoys routine.

 

Chris

  1. Is difficult
  2. Is noncompliant
  3. Is unfocused or easily distracted
  4. Is scattered
  5. Is intrusive, nosy
  6. Is stubborn or compulsive.

 

Not only do we misunderstand Chis, we also misunderstand ourselves.

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