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Posted by To Bonnie from Robin on March 09, 2000 at 13:34:02:

In Reply to: cerbal palsey posted by Bonnie on March 08, 2000 at 19:40:27:

: I'm a teacher and I recently filled in for a special ed teacher and I had the pleasure of meeting a 14 year old boy with severe CP that captured my heart. My mom is an RN so I knew a little about CP but could you please share some knowledge on how much he may comprehend in conversations. The regular caregivers around him treat him like a baby, this bothered me. How can I communicate with him??? Thanks and GOD BLESS

Hi Bonnie, my name is Kelly I'm an instructor who works with adult individuals with MR. and Developmental Disabilities, sitting beside me as I type this letter is Robyn she's 39 yrs old with severe CP. we get on the computer every now and then and read the "message boards". She wanted me to help write a response to your letter. Robin cannot speak herself, but she fully understands what is being said around her. She wanted me to say to you, that she REALLY doesn't like it when people talk to her and treat her like a baby. She also wanted me to say to you to talk to your 14 yr. old student like you would talk to anybody else, and treat him like you would anyone else, ask him questions (yes, no questions) and see if he can answer you by gestures ie. arm movements, head movements, or any type of vocal sounds. She agreed that he would enjoy the attention. We look forward to hearing back from you, and hope this is helpful. Thank you for the question, Robin.

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