Yesterday when I was out for a walk with those exceptional teens, I saw quite a few kids hide behind their parents as we wheeled by. Today we headed to the school playground in an effort to build bridges between the girls and the community so that in the future, kids could greet them by name instead of shy away. As soon as we arrived to the playground, we were swarmed by curious kids that knew me as their teacher and felt comfortable enough to ask questions. The kids seemed excited to learn about alternative communication and before we left, the kids were taking turns programming the girls’ switches and looking forward to seeing them at this weekend’s neighborhood festival.
What are other ways to become familiar with the unknown?