Literacy at ConneXions 2019

Taylor Walker and I've been working at Northshore connection society now for a little over six months everybody's different no two people are the same so you're gonna get one person who's comes in it one learning level and another hundred who's like steps ahead but you gotta be able to work with each of them at their own pace that could take one person a month to start catching on it could take one person six months but just sticking with them and going at their pace and working along with them is what kind of gets them to that point once you have that basic learning and the ability to read and your confidence is going to grow they can't go to McDonald's and read the menu but now they can do so little things like that go a long way and build their confidence it's important to have people like myself and people at Northshore connection society who see them for more than their disability that we know they're capable of doing way more Chris for Gonzalez how'd it feel to not be able to read um no good what did you really want to learn let's go I was wanting to learn everything so that all the other kids were learning yeah how did it feel when you couldn't learn what they were learning that it didn't feel good and now you can read paragraphs and books and signs and how does that make you feel more better by giving them the confidence with the literacy it just goes to show that they're breaking down other barriers and then with that things that they never thought they could do before just because of this one little thing of literacy they can do so much more now there were few words out there that I did didn't really know at all like like the like McKay I did not know what it was so now you can recognize the straight son mm-hmm so al you've been really instrumental in helping Chris yeah words and reading what's your trick i father that Chris at first is very shy he can reward himself work pipe work when he knows that I try to bring the B color Gestalt of the word – completely – come one water here is might not to pronounce it with the alphabetic and for example happiest it has to recognize happiest and then I chanted with the two words happiest person and then with a statement and then great and so he can response to this method work very well you think about pretty cool P what my happiest homeless person well the reading and writing I'm starting to like it it's getting getting there but I just gotta keep going keep practicing keep keep on reading trying to read back technology plays a huge role in this I do rely on the apps on the iPads a lot he was the happiest homeless person I ever read a little better their apps and things on the phone and a laptop that you can do more with there was more absolutely going recognized like like FaceTime I couldn't remember I couldn't remember how to run it but I learned it now that anyone that likes FaceTime they can FaceTime me and I can see them in real life can you tell me about the focus program and did you do that before you start interesting yeah that equipment I get the wave of this brain when he is supposed to be focused and we reward his brain actually to use the theta waves more when he needs to focus Chris uses the low frequency of his brain a lot unfortunately this because and to be unfocused and I at first try to help him with the video that is very try to have and ask him to use the trade away secondly he wants to focus or you focus the video bigger bigger sometimes and video get bigger when he is focusing when he is not focus it's very very small so it bothers him when he's out of focus only focus is getting bigger and we can watch them so the more practice he uses the better waves when he is supposed to be focused and the cells are ready to use in this situation that better wait now that I've reached a higher goal in nerve feedback it has gone to the point of being better for the typical person who's coming up and through the system it's kind of setup for them to succeed so by having that literacy they can go to school they can get a job they can go on a holiday they can just do just about anything just because they're literate and it's not just for people with intellectual disabilities it's people all across the world who don't have the opportunity to have literacy in their lives and they get to a certain point and they can't go any further by allowing somebody to have the opportunity to learn and become literate it just opens up way more doors than would have been opened if they just kind of stayed where they were to have so many people come through this literacy program who at one point didn't think they would ever get that chance in their life to be able to read a street sign or go to the store or you know read them off anything like that or just even just read a basic story they never thought they'd have that chance but because this program were able to give all these people that opportunity the best thing about it is it makes me feel good side and being able to know what the words are and what what I can read that I know hope that I can keep reading a lot more and keep keep going and get better and faster and faster got it

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