"One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter." James Earl Jones
I have the pleasure of working with amazing students who are learning to communicate and understand the world around them.
I provide speech and language services to students in the general education setting as well as the special education setting. Unfortunately, the special education budget has been cut in half. My students have speech and language impairments. Some also have severe disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, learning disabilities, other health impairments, emotional disturbances, Down syndrome, and autism. Fifty-one percent of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch due to the high poverty level of my school. Their exposure to language at home may be limited. My speech and language students come to school eager to learn and communicate with everyone!
Some of my students are struggling to communicate, make choices or friends, respond appropriately in various scenarios, read, and write. Unfortunately, these children do not communicate with oral or written words. They rely on color pictures and line drawings to communicate their basic wants and needs, such as needing a drink or to go to the bathroom.
Thus, my goal is to use the ink to make clear and concise pictures so these children can communicate their basic wants and needs, read, and write.
I know that a high-quality alternative communication form can help these students perform better academically and socially.
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