We had our first visit of the year in November with the pre-kindergarten class of High Plains Elementary. Nick read his book, “Helping in Action” and shared a bit of his life story growing up in Ethiopia and shared about the unique story of how he had a pet lion!
Kids were in awe. A pet lion?
So many questions. How can we bring similarities and differences into a classroom where some may have not met a man that grew up in Ethiopia, or had a lion as a pet, but have had similar favorite colors and animals? It is an experience that is priceless for young ones to acknowledge — the beauty of differences and the beauty of similarities.
We were so excited to be invited by friend and fabulous teacher, Jessica Soulek!
Thank you, Jessica, for your support and encouragement. We enjoyed our time with you and your students!
Meeting Nick Roussos for the first time is essentially a quick lesson in the advances of technology. He uses an ECO II device, fondly named “Percy”, to speak …. a computer, if you will.
Kids from all over Colorado have enjoyed learning how Nick communicates. During his presentations in schools, he carries along his first ECO model so that students and teachers can test drive it themselves! Click here to see Nick’s Speaker Flyer.
The Children’s Hospital Colorado, in conjunction with Colorado Easter Seal Society, conducts a Camp in the summer for kids who use such a device to communicate. Talking With Technology (TWT) Camp is a week-long program developed by Children’s Hospital Colorado for young people ages 6 to 21 who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Children’s Hospital Colorado contracts with the Colorado Easter Seal Society for this week to be held each summer at its camp facility, Rocky Mountain Village, in Empire, Colorado.
This unique week-long program pairs the child with a graduate student or professional trainer the camper knows from school (such as a OT, paraprofessional, speech or ABA therapist). The pair then train together throughout the week.
What an amazing opportunity to find ways for those without the ability to speak to find effective alternatives to make themselves heard!
Thanks Children’s Hospital and Colorado Easter Seals. Your work is truly awesome!