Anyone who works with kids using AAC or some sort of assisted communication, or even assistive technology, needs to read this post by Schuyler's Dad. You know, sometimes kids just need to be kids without all the trappings that so often come with disability. They need to be let loose to fly through the gym, roll down the hill, scream their heads off for no other reason than it's just darn fun. They don't need adults hovering over them all the time forcing the tech on them. Don't get me wrong, the tech is great and can allow these kids to do so very much. But the tech also highlights the Monsters. It's good to shove the Monster in the closet now and again and just BE. How awesome is it that Schuyler figured out how to do that so well that, at least from her perception, her friends don't even know the Monster is there. Way to defeat that Monster, Schuyler!
And for anyone looking for a good blog to read that is both well written and insightful, Fighting Monsters With Rubber Swords is one of my top favorites. Rob is an excellent writer who tells it like it is without holding back and I look forward to each new blog post. It is a true gift that Rob has chosen to share the joys, pain, and sorrows of fighting Schuyler's Monster and all the other monsters of parenthood while raising a beautiful little girl in her struggle to be just like everyone else but still fiercely and uniquely herself.