Words to Voice Thoughts

“Words to voice thoughts”. This was the first thing my Son spelled when asked about what he was thankful for.

He has been practicing the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) for a while at home with a therapist, were he is taught how to spell on a letter board. Usually after discussing and spelling the answers to questions related to the day’s topic, his therapist asked him more personal questions like how he feels, what he likes, or what topic he wants to discuss the next time. During this week she asked him about what he was thankful for and he spelled the following: “words to voice thoughts”, “padres” (spanish word for parents), and “mi swing”.

For us this has been a real breakthrough. He has been communicating using PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), for some time (and still does), but now he is communicating with words, and communicating his needs. Last week he spelled “tooth hurt”, and when asked if he needed to visit the dentist he spelled “yes”. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical but mom made the calls and the next day we were at the dentist office. He was really communicating his needs!, an old filling had come out and was hurting him. This took my doubts away. He really is spelling!

We still have a long way to go but it is really amazing that he is finding a way to let us know more about him. He had spelled “I luv my pretty mom”, “to Sofia” his sister, “I luv you”, and also stuff he want to know more about like hippopotamus, cactus, monkeys, and even extraterrestrial life . He is also letting us know what he wants like a bird feeder. And it seems that he has a lot to say since one day he spelled: “I beg Dios” (spanish word for God), “I need to be herd”. Then when asked if this was correct, if this was what he was trying to say he spelled “si” (spanish word for yes). Then asked if he was done and he spelled “no”, “I got so so more than I imagined”.

We recently relocate to the US looking for better programs to help our Son and for a better education for our kids. It has been nine years of his silence. Trying to understand him based only on his actions and the PECS System. Now after only eight months of living here and thanks to his RPM trained at home therapist, he is spelling how he feels, subjects that he is interested with, and also if he is hurt. He is spelling that he wants to be heard and that he has a lot to say. Well you know what Diego, I can’t be more proud of you and I’m eager to read every single word you have to spell. Keep spelling and I will keep reading. Your Dad.

For more information about the RPM method for spelling, visit: http://www.halo-soma.org

5 Responses to “Words to Voice Thoughts”


  1. 1 Denise Rivera November 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Our beautiful Angel Diego. This fills my heart with so much joy. His sweet smile and his eyes full of light, finally we can hear his loving words. What a blessing. He is thankful for his parents. So are we. Thank you Johnny & Daisy for all the hard work, support and love you give to him. God Bless…

  2. 2 Ronald November 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Poco a Poco! He’s becoming a mature young man… too fast!
    Love always.

  3. 3 Joy November 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

    We also use the Rapid Prompting with my son. Beautiful story. I love reading stories about children finding their “voice.” My son was able to tell me the other day that his stomach was very upset. It was the first time he has ever told me how he feels.

  4. 4 Rosalyn Pena November 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Nice!!! Keep going Diego🙂

  5. 5 Nerissel November 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Johnny:

    Me encantĂł el post! Me da muchĂ­sima alegrĂ­a saber que en tan poco tiempo hayan visto resultados tan positivos en Diego con las nuevas terapias. Espero que a todos les vaya igual de bien!

    HabĂ­a entrado al blog y no habĂ­a visto posts desde que se mudaron, asĂ­ que no sabĂ­a como les habĂ­a ido con el cambio. Pero cuando uno pone a Dios y a la familia por delante, todo se puede.

    Ya te había contado como mi prima se fue hace cerca de 10 años a Florida. Su hijo se ha desarrollado de una manera que en PR nunca lo hubiera hecho. Y a pesar que el resto de su familia está (estamos!) en la isla, y nos duele la distancia, todos sabemos que es por el bien del niño (que ya tiene 16 años!) y de todo su núcleo familiar inmediato. Las atenciones y cuidados que recibe, ni soñarlos en PR. No todo ha sido color de rosa, y mi prima ha tenido que dar la pelea por sus derechos, pero sigue siendo un lugar con opciones.

    Yo lleve al mío mayor a la universidad a Virginia, y lo extraño todo el tiempo, pero sólo imagino todas las oportunidades que tendrá allá, y eso me da paz.

    En alegría y optimismo por Diego, y por ustedes, su familia, y la mía, y toda la diáspora puertorriqueña en busca de un mejor futuro, un fuerte abrazo.

    Nerissel Sent from my iPhone

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