COMMUNICATING WITH THE MENTALLY IMPARED
 

 

The mentally impared.....                                                so we need to.....

 
 

have trouble with reality                                                 be simple, truthful

 
 

are fearful                                                                      stay calm

 
 

have trouble concentrating                                             be accepting

 
 

are over stimulated                                                        limit input, not force discussion

 
 

easily become agitated                                                   recognize agitation, allow for escape

 
 

have poor judgement                                                     not expect rational discussion

 
 

are preoccupied                                                            get attention first

 
 

are withdrawn                                                                initiate relevant conversation

 
 

have changing emotion                                                    disregard

 
 

have changing plans                                                        keep to one plan

 
 

have little empathy for anyone                                        recognize this as a symptom

 
 

believe delusions                                                            ignore, don't argue

 
 

have low self-esteem and motivation                               stay positive

 
 
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