A Must-See for Therapists and Special Educators
Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller Demonstrate How Helen Learned to Talk
This brief but fascinating footage of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (linked below) is a must-see for special education professionals. During the three-minute clip, Anne Sullivan explains precisely how she taught Helen Keller to speak. It’s an inspiring pick-me-up for anyone who serves students with disabilities – especially for school psychologists and speech therapists!
Therapy Is a Partnership
In addition to showing the fascinating method Sullivan used to help Keller acquire speech, the clip also shows that therapy is a two-way street.
Each party plays a vital role. The therapist brings resourcefulness, creativity, tenacity and compassion to generate solutions. And the client gives feedback and responses that allow the therapist to tailor solutions that fit.
There is also great reward for both participants in this special relationship. The client gains freedom and independence, acquiring the tools to participate more fully in life and society. The therapist finds joy in finding solutions that will empower and influence another human being for a lifetime.
Learn more about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan at Perkins School for the Blind.