April Foolery at Treloar's

April 10, 2015, 11:12 a.m.

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Some Treloar’s staff were sent an email on 1 April by School student Afonso, care of his Speech & Language Therapist Caroline. It read as follows:-

‘As you will be aware, Afonso has been using his buzzer successfully over the last few months in School to indicate yes/no. He has been working in his SLT sessions to extend this skill, and is becoming increasingly proficient in communicating simple messages using Morse Code. This is great, as it means he is able to use his buzze...r effectively for more independent communication, without the need for closed questions.

We are hopeful that Morse Code will become Afonso’s preferred method of communication with his foot buzzer, and that in the long term he will be able to use it for classwork, as well as general communication.

Vickki and I are running a brief introductory training session for any staff working with Afonso at 1.45 today, in G92. Please do attend if possible.

We are also keen to find staff who already have some experience of using Morse Code, to support Afonso on a more permanent basis – please get in touch if you think you can help.’

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All staff who were sent the email dutifully arrived for the introductory training session not realising that the Morse Code at the end of the email read ‘APRIL FOOL!’