(Andrew attended a music therapy conference session this week and addressed the therapists in attendance with these comments)……..
If you don’t talk to me like I’m in here, then it’s not presuming competence. You might be like most people, you think you are but you might not be. If you talk to me in a baby voice about geometry, it’s still not presuming competence. I’m not deaf or stupid. My body tries to take over but my brain is still smart.
You can do both – presume competence and speak to me like a human. It’s terrible to be told you are mentally retarded but KNOW you aren’t. It happened to me and I wanted to die!!!! Don’t make that mistake with your clients. We are their voice. We speak for them. Think of us when you work with your clients.