Hollybank Trust and 1st day in London by Lauren Vito
Friday was our last day at Hollybank Trust in Mirfield. It was truly an amazing experience. Nicole and I observed a communication class which provides techniques and applications to assist non-verbal students who are physically incapable of learning to sign or to use other forms of signals to communicate. In communication class the residents learn to use adaptive technology in the form of switches or buttons they can push to play bingo, to read a story and to create their own stories. While this was a fairly short class in terms of time both students in the class showed improvement in their communication through the use of adaptive technology. At the beginning of the class they constantly pressed their buttons but by the end they were making choices and only used them when they had to. At the end of our day, as a group, we preformed dances for the residents. Many of the residents joined in, even with their limited mobility. I found it difficult to communicate with the residents at times but I found that a simple smile and hello went a long way. To see the way the staff interacted with the residents was very inspiring and it showed how the staff is making a difference in the resident's quality of life. On Saturday morning we made our trek to the tourist aspect of the trip, London. Unlike our flight into England, we made it on time, a few hours early actually. We saw Big Ben for the first time unexpectedly while exploring. I am excited for what the end of the trip will bring! See you soon, America!