Monadnock Developmental Services announces its fall lineup of training and workshops for staff, providers and families. In addition to ongoing bimonthly Staff Orientation, a new set of workshops will focus on Gentle Teaching and helping staff make the MDS mission – Inclusion, Participation, Mutual Relationships – more real. Descriptions and schedules for these upcoming workshops are available at the MDS Training section on our website.

Two Gentle Teaching workshops will be held in October. Gentle Teaching for Families debuts on Tuesday, October 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The River Center in Peterborough. This two-hour workshop specifically focuses on typical issues encountered by parents raising a child with an intellectual disability. A brief presentation will be followed by discussion focused on the questions and concerns of the families.

An Introduction to Gentle Teaching will be held on Tuesday, October 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Railroad Square Senior Housing, 49 Community Way in Keene. This one-day overview of Gentle Teaching uses lecture, role-playing, discussion and multimedia presentations. Both Gentle Teaching sessions will be presented by Dave Yeiter and Paula Smith.

Gentle Teaching is a philosophy for supporting people with disabilities which is based on mutual respect, mutual change and mutual growth. Gentle Teaching has been an effective approach for over 25 years in supporting children and adults with disabilities who also have behavioral difficulties.

Making Our Mission Real is new series of workshops that will provide the groundwork for staff, providers and families to make the MDS mission real on an everyday basis. The first in the six-part series, The Power of Roles, will be offered twice at MDS in Keene, to accommodate family and work schedules: on Wednesday, October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Wednesday October 20th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Future workshops include The Myth of Mental Age (December), What is a Home? (January), Inclusion Works! (February), The Importance of Relationships (March), and Helping People Have a Meaningful Day (April).

A full description of workshops is available on the MDS Workshops page. Check the MDS Calendar for a complete schedule. All workshops are free to families, staff or individuals with disabilities enrolling from within the Monadnock region. There will be a $25 fee for full-day workshops for those registering from outside the region.

If interested in attending any of theses workshops, please call 603-352-1304 to register at least one week in advance. For more information, contact David Yeiter at 603-313-3041 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..