Do I have a future? Do I count? I don’t have any plans when I leave high school in a couple of months.
These were some of the comments shared by a group of students getting ready to face the world of adulthood but not ready to do so. They had spent their entire lives inside classrooms filled with accommodations, shorter lessons, and special requirements.
Some could read, write, perform math skills and answer basic questions. Some could not. They struggled to understand or comprehend how the basics of education would fit into their lives long-term.
As a speech and language therapist I was called to this district because a therapist had quit in March and they needed someone to fulfill Public Law 94.142 for students with disabilities. I stepped into the challenge not knowing that I would be forever changed by this experience.
I won’t fill this page with every single detail about how the weeks between March and May unfolded but I will...
Ever try to complete a puzzle without the picture on the box? No?! Of course not as you have no frame of reference in which to place the pieces. Yet so often in life we move along our journey trying to figure out pieces of our puzzle without a clear picture or vision for ourselves.
We may have passions, needs, talents, personal and career choices that drive finding and putting pieces into partial sections of the puzzle yet we struggle with seeing our entire picture. Often we spend a lot of time searching in the piles of pieces for the right fit. We also seek out and ask others for help and look to social media or the internet for more information to complete our picture.
However, knowing your hard wiring, core values, purpose and vision cannot be found in the random searching of pieces or through outside sources. It is through the self-discovery process that we create our puzzle box picture that is meant for us. A picture and vision that allows the pieces of the puzzle to fall into...