Your kicking my butt Kirk.
He’s a nice guy.
Yeah, I’m gona be honest about that.
You almost helped me.
He’s a hard worker. He spends his time coming
in and do the bonfire in the summer time.
He enjoys doing that with us. So we work with the
guys who live here to do the thing that
they want to do to live the life of
their choosing. What I’ve seen since I’ve
met Kirk it used to be if he wanted
something and he wasn’t getting it right
away he’d get angry, he’d get mad, he’d be
yelling at people.
So now Kirk if he wants to advocate for
himself if there’s something that he
wants if there’s something that’s not
going perfectly he’s patient he has
to talk to people. He may send an email
out to somebody as opposed to getting on
the phone in the heat of the moment and
taking actions that end up again the
natural consequences are always positive
for him and you know it’s awesome to see
when when those those conversations go
you know in that plan direction but at
the same time the understanding that you
know Kirk’s can make his own decisions
and everything. I could explain
stuff to him I could give them examples
like a try setting him up for success
but in the end he’s gonna make his own
choices so it’s really cool to see you
know one of those things second when
he’s making those good choices and he’s
continuously surprised me with how often
he is making our choices and learning
Are your sure about that? Maybe, maybe, maybe..oh I’am.
Good stuff. All done.
What’s one of the big changes that that just happened over the holidays
in relation to you being more independent?
Me being home alone.
When you say home alone, what do you mean
by that? No staff. When you’re visiting with who?
Yeah when your ‘re visiting with your family, yeah.
Does that look at me?
That looks like a very young you.
Is this your brother? That’s my brother. You guys look so
similar it’s funny. Like the shape of
your face and everything. When he moved
in here to this specific group home five
years ago he wasn’t alowed outside of
staffs sight while he was visiting his family.
Kirk, being at risk of being taken
advantage of which was a big determining
factor but through education, through
working with Kirk, he’s really learned a
lot in that sense as far as what to do
when something isn’t going correct so
that he can again advocate for himself
and take care of himself
and be as independent as possible.
I learned to speak up for myself and speak up for others.
Finish our game? Play another one? Yeah.