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I Can Hear You: A Poem

I Can Hear You

Have you ever heard a teacher talk about what a student with special needs could or could not do? Have you heard a teacher call a student “low” while they were sitting right in front of them? This poem, from the Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs blog is pitch perfect.

I can hear you.
It seems like you don’t know that,
Do you?
I am sitting here,
In this chair.
Trying as hard as I can.
Or I was, at least.
Are you?
You ask me questions,
But you won’t wait for me to answer.
You talk so fast.
And you don’t check that I am ready.
When I’m quiet I’m good
When I’m noisy I’m bad
You boss me around,
Press this,
Touch that.
If I do or if I don’t,
It doesn’t matter.
You have already decided.
You have decided that I can’t.

Read the rest of the poem HERE.
Please visit Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs for more resources and ideas for teachers of learners with severe, profound, intensive, significant, complex or multiple special needs.
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Tim Villegas

Founder and Curator-At-Large at Think Inclusive
Tim Villegas has worked in the field of special education and with people with disabilities for over ten years. Tim has turned his passion for blogging and promoting ideas about inclusive schools and communities into his own website, thinkinclusive.us. He believes that we can create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates (including self-advocates) to promote ideas, innovation and inspiration to change our world to be more accepting and value each and every human being. Tim lives with his fetching wife and three adorable children in Marietta, GA.
  • Beth Brady

    So sad how many teachers work with students that they make feel this way. I can only hope that one day teachers who know better teach better.

  • Forward RISE

    Very touching. I am always telling people that just because my daughter doesn’t communicate in the way that we do doesn’t mean that she doesn’t UNDERSTAND what they are saying to her or in front of her.

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