Communication and Regulation Partner (CRP), what is it? Many people think that it’s just the person holding the board, but it’s so much more than that. The communication piece is where you are holding the board, tracking the letters, prompting, and transcribing our words. Now, you might ask why it’s not just called a communication partner. That description seemed like it covered it all, right? Wrong! We really need to discuss the importance of the regulation piece.
Regulation is incredibly paramount to our success. Let’s dive into what that looks like. To be a good regulation partner, you must have confidence first and foremost. We understand that you are learning a new skill, and it’s hard to feel confident when you are new to something. We will have patience, but I bring up confidence because it will need to be there when it’s time to get open with your speller. I have heard Katlyn, a Practitioner at GKTC, say fake it til you make it and lie to yourself that you have the confidence and it will come. I think it’s great advice. Positive self-talk is so important. There are other aspects to regulation too. It’s important to keep your emotions in check. That refers to both positive and negative emotions. We know you are excited to spell with us, and you want it badly, but that puts pressure on you and us. That’s not very regulating. Also, try to keep any frustration in check. We are doing our best, and so are you. Regulation leads to success.
Finally, we are partners. We must develop a relationship based on trust. As you can see, all aspects of CRP are important! Keep these tips in mind, and you and your speller will soar.
Jack Haynes is a nonspeaking advocate that enjoys sharing important messages through song. He is ready for the world to understand us.