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Here is a poem submitted by the family who received SHAA's 2002 AAC Family Award:

To People Who Work with Children with Special Needs
From a Parent

Be Gentle with Me - I may be grieving (especially at first). I may need time to accept, then hurt over, the loss of the "normal" child I thought I would have.

Be Patient with Me - Remember that I have as many as 4 to 20 professionals telling me what I need to do to help my child. It's often overwhelming.

Respect Me - You are the expert in therapy, medicine, or education. I am the expert on my child.

Listen to Me - I spend hours thinking about ways to make life better for my child. I generally know if something won't work at all. I have a lot of good ideas. I read a lot, too.

Encourage Me - Take the time to tell me what I'm doing right. I never feel like I'm doing enough. Point out even the smallest progress you see, because sometimes small progress is all there is to keep me trying.

Understand Me - Understand that as hard as things get sometimes, I would not trade this precious person and all he adds to my life and family for a normal child. He is special, as all children are special, and I know that, even when I'm struggling.

Remember Me - If I burn out, I can't change my job. No one else will step in and take over for me. I am in this for the long haul, so I need to pace myself.

Thank You - Thank you for choosing to be a part of my child's life. Thank you for your patience and dedication. Thank you for caring.

- Robin Prince Monroe

Presidents of the
Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama

1959 - 1961
1961 - 1963
1963 - 1965
1965 - 1967
1967 - 1968
1968 - 1969
1969 - 1970
1971 - 1973
1973 - 1975
1975 - 1977
1977 - 1979
1979 - 1981
1981 - 1983
1983 - 1985
1985 - 1987
1987 - 1989
1989 - 1991
1991 - 1993
1993 - 1995
1995 - 1997
1998 - 2001
2001 - 2003
2003 - 2007
2007 - 2009
2009 - Present
J. Buckminster Ranney
William P. Dorné
Thomas G. Giolas
Vivian I. Roe
Louise M. Ward
Robert E. Roach
Elizabeth J. Webster
David A. Daly
Samuel G. Fletcher
Gerald L. Culton
Mary Virginia M. Moore
Loretta G. Brown
Richard A. Cornell
William E. Weidner
Dan E. Phillips
Betty Y. Faircloth
Denise P. Gibbs
William E. Weidner
Denise P. Gibbs
Melissa M. Mahone
Brian B. Shulman
Doreen H. Oyadomari
Carolyn Baumgartner
Pat LaCoste
Jennifer Vinson
Margaret L. Johnson

Our losses: Pat LaCoste passed away while battling cancer June 13th, 2008.

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