This week Trenton, one of his behavioral techs, and I attended Camp Bruce.
During the Summer of 2010, a local speech language pathologist (SLP) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) consultant received a phone call from a fellow SLP asking if she would consider providing a trial AAC intervention for a 44 year old man with Autism. He had not spoken for 35 years and had recently been admitted to the hospital. With limited means of communicating to family and no means of communicating with medical personnel, his mother was ready to try an AAC device with him. It was agreed that the SLP would work with Bruce, 2 hours a week for 4 week. By the end of the 4 weeks, Bruce was able to answer basic questions including personal information, request and communicate preferences in therapy. Even more exciting, Bruce was able to order specific foods for lunch from a restaurant. Furthermore, not only could he request to cash his check at the bank, but could ask for a particular teller. This experience was not only a life changing experience for Bruce but also for April Newton as a therapist. She was privileged to have the opportunity to work with Bruce and felt inspired to do something in honor of Bruce, and his aunt, a community member who was very active in individuals with special needs who recently passed away; and the many other families in our community who have children without a consistent means of communicating. And with those thoughts - CAMP BRUCE was initiated.
Trenton worked with his SLP graduate student and his behavioral tech on his new device.
Trenton did a great job using his AAC device. It was the perfect week to introduce his AAC device to him. It is going to be a slow process but I think he is going to be able to use it really well in the future.
I am so proud of him!! Praise God for helping us get this device! Nothing is possible without his love and guidance!