Philip has made good friends with Ila, a girl from Italy who has cerebral palsy. They correspond back and forth and have even guest blogged for each other. You can read more about Ila and adventurous life on her blog Ila’s Crazy Thoughts.
I have another question for you. Last year I went to a summer camp and there was a nonverbal kid. He used a letterboard but it was very hard for him. Sometimes I wanted to talk to him but I felt like I would force him to use the letterboard and I didn't want to because I could tell it was very hard for him. What should I do next time I am in a similar situation?
Thank you for writing me. I am your friend. Lots of advice I have for you.
My experience is that I get anxious when writing with people who are not practiced in using the letterboard at first. I need practice with each new person who holds my letterboard. You can make me comfortable by accepting my anxiety by being understanding that it is hard for me to coordinate my finger to point the way I want with someone new. I am meaning to try my best but my anxiety may get in the way. It is meaningful if you can keep trying until I get it. I like seeing you be patient and not give up when I make mistakes or can't move correctly yet. People often give up too easily when I don't succeed right away with spelling. Then limits are placed when people have to communicate with me because they are dependent on me having an interpreter to go between us. If only one person takes on the role of helping me, this can cause strain on the person always helping. People should not be afraid of trying and failing at first. Learning to communicate with others is important. Love will make people respond better. Lines of communication open when anxiety is lower. Patience prepares me to peacefully deal with pressure to perform. I am much better making friends with calm and assertive people. I am so able to stay focused with someone who is more assertive. Accessing my thoughts to spell is hard work. But it is worth it.
Philip using the letterboard with Big Sis Ana