Food for Thought
Food for Thought – December 7, 2015
Whereas the old method, which relied on genetically engineered stem cells, could take as long as a year to produce a mouse strain, a new model can be created in just weeks at a fraction of the cost.
As I learned in particular through our lost babies, one after another after another, the joy born out of suffering and longing is more beautiful for its very complexity. I am learning it again in these days in particular when so many are grieving and angry, sad and wounded from the pain of living in this world as it stands right now. The joy doesn’t erase the longing and the sadness that came before but it does redeem it, it may even stain backwards changing how we look at those days or years.
Modeling is important for all AAC users, but for the more reluctant students, it’s crucial. For these students, OUR understanding of the purposes and expectations of providing aided language input on an AAC device is the difference between communication and frustration for that individual. When we have a strong belief in our own actions and intentions, we take the burden of proving competence off of the learner and place it on ourselves.