October 28, 2013 by - 4 Comments

Perception and Presuming Competence
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  • Glenna Greenwald says:

    I was working with a young girl (about 6 years old) who was coming to see me for augmentative communication opportunities. One session I asked her to pick the letters of her name from a variety of letters Velcroed to a Halloween tree. Dad and I were talking about how I felt she understands and has a great deal locked inside a body with severe motor impairment. I turned my head back to her and found that she had pulled all the letters of her name off and had a huge smile! A number of years later, as this same young lady was responding to some really challenging questions, I asked her how she learned all of this and she typed out NPR. Her Dad was dumbstruck. They had put NPR on the radio each night for the classical music. She indicated that when she couldn’t sleep she would listen to the talk programs! This young lady taught me to NEVER under estimate these children just because their bodies can’t function normally.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      That’s such a great story, Glenna! These folks surprise us all the time, reaffirming the message in this post. Thanks for taking the time to share this experience. 🙂

  • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

    Christy, thank you so much for linking back to our site and using Robin’s graphic in your post. She would love knowing that you are spreading this message!

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