January 2022 – What’s your best advice for someone who wants to get started in S2C?
As the new year rolls out, we are launching a new monthly blog feature called, “I-ASC(I Ask) the Experts”. Our goal is to turn over some of the most frequently asked questions or issues to the true subject matter experts – the spellers!
“The most important thing is to believe in yourself. You are awesome and you can do it. Take your time and be patient with yourself and each other. Spelling to Communicate is a process and it takes time but it is worth the effort. To all the parents I want to say please don’t give up on your kids no matter what and they will show you who they really are if only they are given the chance. To my autistic friends and all nonspeakers stay the course and you will not regret it.”
~Caden Rainey, Ohio
“A new speller must be patient so he doesn’t have anxiety having to spell too much. He needs to understand it is a marathon not a sprint”
~Mitchell Robins, Illinois
“I think my best advice is to persist. This is incredibly difficult but it’s so worth it. I know it is annoying and frustrating. I want to raise the point that having the best teacher on earth made it easier for me. I think it is important to acknowledge that different people will pick it up at different rates. But I think it is more upsetting to think about not doing it at all. I know just how lucky I am. So to sum up, don’t give up no matter how hard it is. Know that if you keep trying, you will be able to talk too someday. I didn’t believe it either at first. But look at me now. I am talking!” ~Edison, New York
“Get help from experienced coaches. Have a good time learning so it becomes fun to practice.”
~Conor M., Oregon, spelling since 2020
“Have faith in yourself above all else! Spelling is hard work. Nothing will have such a huge impact on your life but it takes time and patience! Don’t give up!”