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Rachel R. Romeo
I just had such an affirming experience. On my 8hr intl flight back from a conference, I sat next to a father/son. In broken English, the father began to apologize/warn me that his ~10 yr-old son had severe nonverbal autism, and that this would like be a difficult journey. 1/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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I told him not to worry, I was a speech-language pathologist with lots of experience with minimally verbal kiddos. Challenging behaviors began even before take off: screaming, hitting me, and grabbing for my things. The father repeatedly apologized, but did little else. 2/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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I asked him how his son preferred to communicate. He didn’t seem to understand. Perhaps this was a language barrier, but I think instead the child had very little experience with communication therapy. I put away the talk I was working on & asked if I could try. He nodded. 3/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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I tried to see if he was stimulable for a communication board. I started by pulling up some standard images for basic nouns on my computer but I could tell that screens really bothered him. So I summoned my god-awful drawing skills and tried to create a (very!) low-tech board. 4/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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And by god, it clicked. I made symbols for the things he was grabbing, for his favorite stuffed penguin, and for his dad. He took to it very quickly. I introduced way more symbols that I normally would, but hey, how often do we get an 8-hour session?! 5/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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By the end of the flight, he had made several requests, initiated several times, & his behaviors had reduced quite a bit. The father was astounded – clearly no one had ever tried an AAC approach with him. I gave him the paper & showed him how to use it, and he nearly cried. 6/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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This was the human desire for communication, pure and simple. To connect with another person and share a thought. Communication is a basic human right, and I was overjoyed to help someone find it. What a privilege and a gift. 7/
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Rachel R. Romeo Aug 28
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As I face the upcoming job cycle and the nearly endless imposter syndrome of academia, this was precisely the reminder I needed about why I love studying language/communication development. It was a good day to be an ! 8/8
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💧Linda Teese Aug 28
How utterly wonderful. Thank you for being excellent!
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Natalie—ban Assault Weapons Now! Impeachment Now! Aug 28
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Thank you, human person. These days I’m more grateful than usual for kind, smart, lovely people. ❤️💃🏻🌺🌿💙
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Forbestonow Aug 28
Yes, I treasure every little moment of people being kind to each other more and more each day. They seem so much more important.
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Marie Aug 28
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Michelle Aug 30
This poem got me thinking. We R encouraged 2 meet life with a sense of gratitude but in our busy breakneck lives we seldom go beyond acknowledging small kindnesses. What if at days end we journaled every kindness that happened that day? I bet there’d B many & we’d B more grateful
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Marie Aug 30
That’s a really good idea. For a little while I tried to write five things I love about each person in my family including myself every day and I think I should start again
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Jim Harris Aug 29
Thank you so much for sharing this. It made my morning.
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Donna(Terlau)Braun Aug 29
Thank you for such an uplifting story. You have made 3 people every happy. The father of the child, The wonderful child you could help and me. Clearly, you were made to be a speech pathologist. You also have a beautiful Spirit. Keep your beautiful Spirit shining brightly!!!!!!!
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