For my last blog of the year I am going to sum up the general theme of my blogs. Communication is how a significantly physically disabled individual has the ability to control and manage their life. A disabled toddler has to start working with a communication device at the time they would start communicating so they will understand that they matter and that they are going to be expected to accomplish the same things as their able-bodied peers. The sooner speech-language pathologists and mentors can get toddlers communicating with communication devices, the sooner there will be able to attend general classes and begin their education. A child’s success starts at home. Without a solid foundation at home nothing done in therapy will have an impact.
I have mentees who are progressing beautifully in therapy and I have others who are at the same place as they were when I started with them. Communication doesn’t only take place in the therapy sessions but it should take place in every aspect of their lives. A child needs to understand that communication is important in every aspect of their lives and they need to feel validated that their thoughts and opinions matter. Children who grow up understanding this usually thrive at academics and go on to higher education. Communication is how locked in clients are able to demonstrate knowledge and how they can interact with their peers on the playground. Communication is how a child’s personality is able to come out and be nurtured by adults and peers.
Communication has the ability to even the playing field academically, giving the disabled child access to the same education as their able-bodied peers. Communication allows us professionals to understand where the clients are cognitively. I love communication as I am one of the first people who had the opportunity to go through general education and to college. Communication devices allow our clients to have a “normal” childhood and develop expectations for themselves.
Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children