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Kids get to choose ice cream themselves

Abby Golden, left, and Sara Setterstrom, right, watch as Gonzalo Gonzalez, middle, chooses his ice cream flavor and toppings last month at The Sweet Spot. Jen Kinder’s middle school class made the trip to test out their communication devices outside of their classroom.
Abby Golden, left, and Sara Setterstrom, right, watch as Gonzalo Gonzalez, middle, chooses his ice cream flavor and toppings last month at The Sweet Spot. Jen Kinder’s middle school class made the trip to test out their communication devices outside of their classroom.
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Jen Kinder, level 3 special ed teacher at Fairfield middle school, took her class on a field trip to the Sweet Spot a few weeks ago to try out their new communications devices that they have been perfecting the use of in their classroom.

“We’ve been working with their communications devices, and we’ve never actually brought them outside of the school building,” explained Kinder. “So this is them using their voice outside of our building. We have three kids that are non-verbal and they were able to tell us what they wanted by using their device. They are learning that this is their voice and they are use to using it in the building, but this is a whole new atmosphere and thing and they did really well with it.”

Kinder added that this has been a two-year process for two of her students and the first year for another child. “They are learning to communicate not just needs and wants, but social greetings, too.”

Whether you like ice cream or not, we can all get excited for that!