The last day of helping out with Nesbitt Centre really saddened me. We started off the day, by helping Michelle take out some of the old pictures and decorations off a board to help put new Christmas decorations and pictures.
After a short while of doing so, Michelle asked me if I could apply makeup on one of the members face, as this was her weekly reward. I started asking her if she could point to me what she wanted to apply, although I only managed to apply lipstick. Also, she kept on pointing towards Max to help her, guessing that she bonded with him more than me. Hence, I thought that Max could apply the makeup whilst I am assisting and talking him through the process of putting on makeup. But when Max completed applying makeup, we showed her a mirror she disliked it a lot and got angry. That’s when she wanted another Nesbitt Centre staff member to apply her makeup, although she didn’t know how to, so I had to assist her as well.
After the daily morning meeting that one of the staff members hold with the members, I was sent off with a group of students to help out with their weekly yoga session. So we took a bus to the gym or work out centre, where we meet up with the yoga instructor. I was told to help out with two of the members, but it was hard to help them as sometimes they were resisting assistance, so the yoga instructor had to come and help out. I realized that I had to be patient when helping out and recognize to back off and let a professional handle it.
After coming back to Nesbitt Centre, we had lunch where we sat down with the some of the members and had small talk about general things. We had interpersonal skills right after where the members play games and puzzles. I started off by playing easy games with two of members, again where I learned I had to be patient as they had some speech disabilities so I had to use more gestures to communicate with them. Slowly, more members, Hayden and Armandeep joined so we started playing monopoly.
During today’s experience and throughout CAS Week, I really understood how to communicate with adults with special needs and most importantly how to be patient with them.
Author: Radha Sambhwani