Meet our second new speaker: Robert "Tre" Bowen, a 10-year-boy who attends the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism in Indianapolis, IN. Until recently, he could not function as a speaker. Now he uses three signs to make requests. His first sign was for 'candy' -- surprise, surprise! Congratulations to Katie Pollom, his behavior analyst, Todd Glowacki, one of his therapists, and the staff of BACA, along his mother, Robin, his father, his grandparents, and the remainder of his family. Well done, everyone!
Meet the very first NEW SPEAKER to become part of our Speaker Initiative: Chloe Peters.
Chloe is an 11-year-old girl who attends Glen Lake Elementary School in the Hopkins Public Schools in Minnetonka, MN. She recently began to use 'spoken words' to make requests, rather than repeating what others say (echolalia). She became a speaker with the assistance of her teacher, Sher Unruh-Friesen, and her speech-language pathologist, Marie Menick. They used a very specific teaching procedure -- the echoic-to-request transfer procedure -- described in Essential for Living. Congratulations, Chloe!
We have just been made aware of two more new speakers, who will be announced soon. Join the initiative and let us hear from you!!