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a special boy

Submitted: July 09, 2017

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Submitted: July 09, 2017



Speech- less

During my days, I try to help autistic individuals communicate. Most of the students are nonverbal; I have to find just the right mode for them. Sometimes it is signs. Often gestures paired with pointing to pictures. The adept communicators can use technology to express themselves. It often takes years, sometimes decades to master these devices.

The other day I met a new boy. He was hitting his head until he bled and walking in circles. He is new to the program and the transition was stressful. He was trying to regulate his body and filter the changes in his environment. His assistant gently coaxed him into a room that was cooler. The dimmed lighting was less intrusive to his sensory needs. She stroked his arm with a brush ; a technique used to help calm special students. His moans and hitting subsided.

He has no way to ask for more or to reject and say no. He cannot ask for food, drink or indicate illness. I would venture to say that most of us would do as he does if we could not speak. These students are much more like us than we may care to admit. There is a well known expression in teaching that states; “ just because I cannot speak does not mean I have nothing to say.” I am sure this boy has much to say – I just need to find out what and how.

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