MANY PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH NOR DO THEY WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE WHO MAKES STRANGE NOISES. LEARNING TO MAKE FRIENDS HAS MANY CHALLENGES AND HARDSHIPS WHEN YOU AND ANOTHER PERSON CANNOT TALK TO EACH OTHER.
I AM ALWAYS WANTING FRIENDS AND ALWAYS TRYING BADLY TO MAKE A LOT OF FRIENDS BUT I CANNOT. GETTING FRIENDS HAS BEEN HARD FOR ME BECAUSE I CANNOT TALK WELL AND MY BODY IS HARD TO CONTROL. I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO LEARN TO CONTROL IT BUT IT HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN!
CAN SOMEONE HELP ME ALWAYS HAVE CONTROL OVER MY BODY? CAN SOMEONE ALWAYS MOVE MY BODY AND GET IT TO DO THE RIGHT THING?
MAKING FRIENDS IS BEAUTIFUL WHEN IT HAPPENS. KIND AND GENEROUS PEOPLE BELIEVE IN AUTISTICS AND THEIR WORTH. MAYBE WITH A LOT OF SUPPORT WE CAN ALL MEANINGFULLY CREATE A WORLD IN WHICH FRIENDS MAKE STRONG STATEMENTS.
Learning meaningfully always feels great. I am always asking really interesting questions in my mind. I am living so trapped. Always getting meaningful, interesting education is not easy. I always have so much to contribute to the world, but it is so hard for the world to hear me.
Autism is a gift that is often left unwrapped. Fortunately this gift of mine was opened through RPM this past year. This year has been a year of gifts. I hope my story is an inspiration to others.
Finding RPM was the best thing that ever happened to me. I gave this a lot of thought. Making strides towards communication has always been a goal of mine. Learning to get on the letterboards made stories largely come alive for me and allowed me to better access the amazing world around me.
Play based learning made up most of my learning for many years. I missed out on the academics that my mind could play with and felt retarded and stuck and always left alone to learn things on my own.
Making a lot of random discoveries kept my mind engaged in this world. The other thing that really helped a lot was playing with friends and playing with my sister. Getting these opportunities made a huge difference.
Learning to do RPM has given me a voice. I dare you to listen. Keep reading this blog to learn more and to have your preconceived notions about non verbal autistics shattered. Learning to listen to my voice was hard for some in the beginning but they made changes that were important and are now listening and learning. Learning to make listening a priority will always be worth your time and energy.
All questions you have for me are welcome.