Earlier this month Special Education teacher Lyobel tasked herself with trying to connect to her new autistic student by using Star Wars The Old Republic as a vehicle for communication.
The idea came when Lyobel had found out that her student had spent the past six months in his room – excluding bathroom breaks and food runs, of course – playing SWTOR. His only communication during that time was with those in the game, and he never made any attempts to associate with anyone else in the real world.
Lyobel decided to hit Reddit in search of proper information, terminology, and game mechanics in an attempt to connect with her student.
With this newfound information, the moment she entered the student’s room she was prepared to talk the talk, and it worked. Quickly, she was able to get her student to discuss with her his time playing SWTOR. When the session ended, he escorted her like a proper host to the front door and scheduled a session outside of his house.
A phenomenal first step for sure, and this was in part to a clever kindhearted teacher and the aid of Reddit.
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