I feel safe in your presence
I feel unconditionally loved by you
I feel loving towards you
I feel engaged with you and trust you
People are social beings, and we all need to feel connected in
This is for everybody, and in particular for children and adults who, due to vulnerabilities like an intellectual disability, autism or mental illness, or who suffered sexual abuse, domestic violence or exclusion, do not always feel safe and connected with others.
Gentle Teaching is a way of educating and raising children, or serving adults for who don’t automatically feel safe and connected with others. The main focus in Gentle Teaching is to establish the strong and unconditional individual relationships with, and the safe and caring community around each individual.
We all need these relationships and the safe and caring community in order to
Gentle Teaching is mostly known as a way of serving people with an intellectual disability and challenging behaviors. For these people – due to their disability and life story – it is more difficult to feel unconditional safe and connected with others. By teaching them these feelings, we take away the main cause to most problems and we create the circumstances to support the person in a loving way on moments of stress in a way that does right to his full humanity.
But Gentle Teaching is more than just for people with an intellectual disability and challenging behaviors. Gentle Teaching is for all children and all adults with special needs. And in particular for us, because by integrating the principles of Gentle Teaching in our own daily life and work, we find more meaning in our own life and in our actions.