I had the privilege of chatting to a student who is identified as being on the Autistic Spectrum yesterday. I was working with my son, teaching him Arabic, when J walked in, took a look and then asked questions about what we were up to.
I informed him that we were writing a letter in Arabic with the same sound as 'r' when he lit up and asked,'Is it the same as the R sound in Riyal; the Saudi currency?' When I nodded, he gently hijacked the pencil in my hand and managed to blow me away by writing the word down using ARABIC letters. He connected the letters in all the right places and read it out loud 'RIYAL'. When I inquired about whether he was learning Arabic or not, he told me that he had seen the word once on his iPad while looking up world currencies.
These students never cease to amaze me. I smile every time I remember such special souls. I so love my job!
Have you ever encountered such special souls in your life?