That student. We've all had them. If you're not an SLP and don't know what I mean, it's your toughest student. The one who you feel like you need to pull out every trick in the (not just the book, but the whole) library, and yet, nothing works.
Let me clarify: these are my favorite students. As frustrating as it may be to feel like you can't connect, the intrinsic reward of FINALLY being able to functionally communicate is inspiring and unlike any other feeling. I have cried tears of joy on more than one occasion about how meaningful it is to finally be able to understand what my student is saying or communicating, and I know the parents feel similarly, especially because they deal with the frustration daily.
Today, we had that moment. I saw a glimmer of it a few sessions back, and stupidly (stupid as in, pay more attention, Meghan!!!) missed it. My student signed "sheep" because the One Sheep, Blue Sheep is a favorite silly story of our's.
When I get a student to functionally use signs or verbalize words, there is this joy where I think "you GET it!" Language comes so naturally for most children, but I have the pleasure of helping those children who don't, and that makes me so happy.
The Cyber Speechie