Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Magic of The Microphone

Senior Seth Bode is pacing back and forth in the main office of Grace King High School in Metairie. In front of him is a microphone. Shortly, he will be reading the school's morning announcements and he is nervous as he rehearses his lines. Bode reads cards that his teacher Bridget Seals holds out for him. "Good morning, my name is Seth," he says. To an outsider, it is such a simple phrase. But for Seals and Bode, it is momentous. Seth Bode is autistic, and has trouble socializing and speaking to others. Even in the moments leading up to his recitation of the announcements, Bode seems removed and in his own world, not responding to others who address him. But Seals has learned of, as she calls it, the "magic of the microphone" and has found that her students often open up in surprising ways.

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