This last school year was the most difficult and most challenging of my career. I had to step WAY outside my comfort level, try new things, learn new things.. and in doing that, I became someone new.
I wore three (or more)hats this year-a mainstream support teacher, a resource/pull out teacher, a classroom 1:1 teacher for a child with extra needs..the list goes on. I learned about new medical related things( like using a G tube feeding tube) and new educational related things (like Rapid Prompting Method).
There were many trials and tribulations, failures and successes,but in the end, I became a better me. I learned about facing fears, crossing them, trying things I thought might not work and seeing their successes and their failures, I learned to adapt on the fly and to be flexible.
The biggest success I had was in using Rapid Prompting method. It is an amazing educational system that helps teach nonverbal kids academic skills. I invite you to watch these videos on Soma's website. She invented RPM to help her Autistic son. Watch them with skepticism, watch them with an open mind, watch them again and again. I believe in this method and have seen success on children in our neighborhood and within my classroom.
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.