At the start of his life as a tetraplegic, Aaron faced communication barriers that made things challenging with his new helper. In order to best train his helper, he shared a clear routine to make things simple.
“My mum would do a demo on how to help. So it’s like more of a show and tell,” he explains. After demonstrating their routine over and over again, it’s easier for the helper to understand what needs to be done. According to Aaron, after a week or two, you’ll be able to tell the helper is suitable for you and if you’re comfortable with him or her. “It’s best if you have a routine,” he advises, so the tasks are predictable, so he or she knows what you need it even if his or her eyes are closed.
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