Thanks for reading! Next post will be more EJ writings. I just did this one after bedtime so I wasn’t able to get his help.
Looking back on the last incredible 2 years from being considered “a non-verbal, low functioning autistic child” to the point where EJ is planning retreats for spellers/typers and being asked to put together a book. We truly hope that by sharing our story we help encourage others to follow their gut and if nothing else expose ALL people to the wonders of an engaging education. Even for those who believe there are kids who “can’t learn” (a completely false assumption) why not just read interesting material instead of preschool readers. If they aren’t learning anyway at least their aides will be less bored. And maybe just maybe they’ll start to engage and realize there are MUCH better ways to teach MUCH more interesting material. (steps off soap box)
OK, so EJ is now typing and spelling purposefully & fluently with pretty much any well-trained communication and regulation partner, but as this blog is going to jump back and forth thru the journey here is a clip from 2 years ago just after returning from our first camp with Soma Mukhopadhyay.
It’s cringe-worthy for me to see this because I have learned SOOOOO much and I see all the things I could be doing better, but I’m hoping that showing some of these early lessons will be helpful to others. We would love to help others to identify the best and most effective ways to teach. -Sabrina
WOW, OUR LESSONS LOOK VERY DIFFERENT NOW. I LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING WITH THIS (blog). I WAS ALWAYS LISTENING BUT NEEDED HELP TO GET IT OUT PROPERLY. IT HAS MADE MY LIFE MORE FULL. – EJ
So we’re back to this blog with great news from the communication front. It’s an interesting perspective that we hope will be helpful to others at any stage of this journey. Today seemed like a great day to look back at the incredible journey of the last 2 years. From goals of the alphabet and the numbers 1-20 to being assessed at grade level in math (5th) and 7th grade level in language arts. I kept up with our journey on facebook so often I will link back to the videos there. My hope is to offer insights and updates on our current achievements while also looking back at the steps along the way. EJs hard work and dedication have been super inspiring and kept us all in awe. It was 2 years ago today we headed to Austin, TX and our true RPM journey began.
We had just started homeschooling and something in my gut said, “we gotta see Soma”. I was prepared to just end up wrestling with him on the floor while trying to absorb her wisdom and then lo and behold he just sat with her and went at it. At some point she breezily asked him what airline we flew to get there and he pointed to S-O-U-… after I picked up my jaw from the floor I thought, “now we have got some work to do” We’ve all learned so much these last 2 years (huge understatement). We still use TouchChat for basics but as a wise fellow Speller once said, “(with an AAC app) I could order a cheeseburger, now I can write the menu” ❤️