EFL Stories from the Road

A Story… from Dr. Chiara Pezzana and the Staff of Centro per l’Autismo Enrico Micheli Novara… In Novara, Italy

Dr. Pezzana and the staff of this school serve young adults with autism. Many of these terrific young people are essentially non-verbal (few to no spoken words)…

New Speakers they are…

In the past six months, six (yes, six) of these individuals BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 30, have become speakers for the first time in their lives using idiosyncratic signs to make requests for highly preferred items and activities…in their honor, the number of ‘new speakers’ attributable to teachers using Essential for Living will be incremented from 20 to 26…Congratulations to these individuals — Andrea, Ilaria, Giorgio, Giacomo, Federico, and Maria Grazia, their families, and the school staff… The following video shows one of the young men, Federico, expressing a request for pasta, which is now the sixth item or activity he can request without prompts… especially to the staff — WELL DONE…

Now… those of you who are viewing this… go make someone a speaker… and let us hear from you…