Thanks to techniques like RPM (the Rapid Prompting Method), many non-verbal autistic people now have the techniques to communicate with their loved ones and caretakers through written language.
After years of being unable to clearly communicate, the ideas expressed by these individuals are simply astounding.
Not only do autistic people understand everything that’s going on in their world – including everything people around them say, subtle non-verbal communication and the “mood” of the room – but they are fully cognitively intact and often incredibly intelligent.
Many of these individuals have a level of understanding that surpasses that of a “normal” human being. They are wise beyond their years and have much insight to share with the world.
These breakthroughs are exciting and it’s very important for parents to understand the depth and sensitivity of their autistic children.
For further insight into what life may be like for your autistic child, take a look at Ido Kedar’s book, Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison.
Love and Gratitude,
Tip of the Week: Become Aware of Your Language
Assume that your child understands everything you say and is always aware of your body language, tone, and intent. Be mindful about how you talk about your child in front of him or her and be especially careful about speaking disparagingly about them. In fact, when my son, Jack, is present and I want to talk about him with a teacher or caretaker, I’ll always say, “Jack, I’m going to talk about you right now with your teacher.” He doesn’t always respond, but he knows that I respect his intelligence.