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Tips for Communicating with the Left Thumb Blogger

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 8:55 pm on Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bags are packed. Kitty-sitter arranged (thanks Uncle Bob!). Three guest posts scheduled. And an appropriate panic level attained. Darrell and I are ready to leave bright and early Monday morning to begin our journey to Las Vegas for our belated summer vacation and for BlogWorld!

I am really looking forward to meeting many invisible friends in-person in Vegas. However, meeting face-to-face may induce some apprehension in how to deal with Glenda-ish, my unique speech pattern caused by my cerebral palsy. These tips may alleviate some of that apprehension:

  • Relax!
  • Like with learning any new language, Glenda-ish takes time and practicum to learn. No need to apologize if you don’t understand something I have said.
  • I absolutely don’t mind repeating myself if you haven’t understood something. Please ask me to say it again. If your response to "You have a booger" is "Oh, that’s nice, dear," then I’ll know miscommunication has occurred!
  • I will have my laptop with me and I can type out the word or two if we really get stuck.
  • Once you have a few drinks, my speech becomes amazingly clear!
  • If our conversation becomes lengthy, let’s take it to email or text chat, after BlogWorld, where I can communicate much more effectively.

See you in Vegas!

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Comment by Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily)

September 14, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

Good tips, hope you have a good time and meet many from twitter and disaboom.

Comment by Karen Putz / DeafMom

September 15, 2008 @ 4:36 am

So, does that mean you’ll be getting everyone drunk?


Comment by Suzie Cheel

October 9, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

Hi Gelnda,
I love Karen’s comment
Looking forward to a skype session with you after BWE- we will be there next year- have it in the schedule now.

Have a wonderful time will follow you in the twitter stream- your Ipad will be wonderful I imagine

hugs to you and Darren

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