EFL Stories from the Road

A Story from the Road… from a classroom teacher and her student

_________ is a 14 year old, non-verbal (but vocal) student with AS in my classroom.  She was hospitalized for several weeks at the end of last school year due to a seizure that would not stop.  She was in a coma-like state for about 5 days.  She had a slow road to recovery but came to school for the first time since the end of May yesterday.

She walked into my classroom and looked around a little.  She went right to her cubby and looked in it for her favorite toy, her pretend car keys.  She didn’t see them so she looked at me, and did the invented sign we created for her last year to request her keys!!!  I could have jumped out of my shoes!!!  For all that she’s been through over the past few months, she remembered her sign to request her keys.   She also did her sign to request potato chips with minimal prompting later in the day.  She created her own request, too, yesterday.  Several times she went to a shelf, picked up a straw, and brought it to me to let me know that she wanted a drink [a sign request (mand) waiting to happen… added by Dr. McGreevy].

A New speaker…

A five year old boy at the Williams Mosing Center in Austin, TX became new speaker #20 with spoken words !!! Congratulations to him, along with his family and his instructional staff. GREAT WORK…