Tumbleweed Infant House is a pretty special place. One afternoon I had a rather big ‘aha’ moment. I was chatting with a co-worker in a quiet moment and we were commenting how one child in my group is super chatty. He is still in the inbetween space of being pre-verbal and verbal, but using both sound and words he has a lot to say.
Zs we are chatting about how chatty he is already and how much more so he will be when he gets more words, I casually say “He is probably so chatty because everyone here gets a voice.”
For weeks now, I will pause and come back to that statement, because it is a huge one. Everyone gets a voice, from the youngest infant to the oldest adult. Everyone gets a voice here. One that is heard, listened to and respected. This is unique in our world, where some get a voice and most do not.