my butt

Some of you have been sharing some things about your classroom. My “classroom” is, well, different. I am not quite a teacher. Actually, someone once said, “You are the red-headed step-children’s cousins of the school.” I am a speech therapist (Speech Language Pathologist if you want the hoity-toity word or just “speech” to the kids). I share a room with 2 other speech therapists, 2 occupational therapists, and a physical therapist. Fortunately, it’s a large room. With lots of dividers.

I’m a little apprehensive about sharing too much information about my kids – that whole special education confidentiality thing. But I can share a couple of anecdotes.

Last year, I got my hair cut. Like I got 12 inches cut off. I went outside to get one of my kids. He came with me. About halfway to my room, he said, “I’m ______. Who are you?” I laughed, got down to his 4 year old level and reminded him who I was. He looked relieved and gave me a hug. When we were done with speech, we walked back out to the playground, and he announced to everyone within earshot, “Hi everyone. This is my new Mrs. B.”

One of my little guys has made phenomenal progress. I don’t use that word lightly. We first assessed him when he was almost 3. He did not speak a single word. He knew to throw things and drop things. That’s it. Really. I have been seeing him for the past two years, and we just did a reevaluation before he turns 5. The diagnostician and O.T. that don’t see him often were blown away by his success.

The other day, he farted on purpose during speech. He asked, gigging wholeheartedly, “What was that?” I tried to ignore him (I was stifling my giggle), but he responded anyway with, “MY BUTT!!” He isn’t just using words to get what he needs, he uses words to joke, to comment, to annoy. He isn’t “fixed” – he is still a child with autism. But he is amazing.

~ by Larisa on October 12, 2005.

7 Responses to “my butt”

  1. Hehe. It must be rewarding though to see the progess.

  2. My butt, I love how kids say what’s exactly on their mind. Without dedicated professionals like you, that boy may have never said a word, ever. What a wonderful career. I’m glad you enjoy it.

  3. I left a message last month. We both had our IUI at the same time. Now we both had then again this month at the same time! 🙂 Good luck. I loved your story. I am a school psychologist – can totally relate. 🙂

  4. I used to teach inclusion English. I really liked teaching the special ed. kids because their improvement was much more obvious to monitor, and when they did well they were truly proud.

    Both my brothers went to speech therapists. The spoke in twinspeak until they were four years old. My mother still calls their speech therapist an angel.

  5. how inspiring! you know, when my daughter was born, having a birth defect, i knew is she would have survived she would have needed a lot of assistance from her teachers and specialists. now, i look at kids with disabilities and physical impairments differently…i think of Mia when i see them.

  6. It sounds like you are doing great work with your students! I think that’s so awesome!

  7. It must be wonderful to see that kind of impact on others in your work. Do you get to follow up with them later as well?

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