Instructions For Caregivers
Negotiation is deciding what a person is willing to give up to get something they want or need. Be fair. Think of everyone’s needs in the situation.
- Think: What’s the actual problem you’re talking about? Say it out loud in one sentence.
- Think: What does the other person want most in the situation? What do they not want in the situation? If you do not know, ask out loud.
- Think: What do you want from the situation? Say out loud.
- Ask the person to make the first suggestion of a deal and say it out loud.
- If that’s not a fair deal, ask them to rethink AND suggest a deal for them. If they say “No”, tell them it’s okay to keep suggesting more deals, give them feedback.
- Agree to a compromise, so you both get parts of a deal you both want.
- When you agree, make a promise and say it out loud, write it down, tell someone else about the deal. Keep your end of the bargain.
Modified Source: Beth Marks, J. S. (2010). Health Matters: The Exercise Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.