Sunday, July 27, 2008
Eventually, a speech therapist helps him to learn to communicate through eye blinks, and he writes about his experiences. Sadly, shortly after his book is published, he dies of an infection.
The reason I'm blogging about this is that I think it's an excellent teaching tool for those of us who support individuals who are unable to speak and/or who require physical assistance in all aspects of their lives. First, it reminds us that we are all one moment away from severe disability. Second, it invites us to be mindful of our interactions with people who we presume to be lacking in intellect because of their inability to communicate in conventional ways. Third, we are reminded of the power of the human mind.
The film does not present an entirely accurate portrayal of the relational facts- as in, some of the people who are shown as being part of his life in the film were not involved in the way they were depicted. However, for the purposes I'm suggesting- paying attention to his experiences and how people interact with him once he is disabled- I don't think the factual inaccuracies interfere.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I just read a beautiful article in the online music therapy journal, Voices. Since I haven’t been doing music therapy this summer, I shall have to temporarily refer you somewhere else for stories of music therapy. Here is one that is truly worth a read. And, if you’re like me, you’ll probably need a box of tissues beside you.