Since posting Ben’s words in Forever Changed and Huan’s words in Silent For Too Long, I have been flooded with phone calls, texts, posts and comments all expressing encouragement, wonder, empathy and accolades for Ben and Huan! WOW! It is an absolute joy to work with these smart, kind and thoughtful young people but now that I have shared the experience with you and you have welcomed their accomplishments with open arms, that joy has increased exponentially! I work with several other amazing, insightful and witty non-speaking people who are finding their voice using Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) and the letter board. I will introduce you to them all in the coming weeks!
Successful communication requires a speaker and a listener. My clients using RPM are communicating for the first time and now you are their audience. Their words are powerful and profound. Thank you for hearing them. Thank you for the respect and attention that you are giving to their words. Thank you for your belief! Please share their words and help others understand, that non-speaking does not equal non-thinking. Non-speaking people with autism have so much to teach us. Autism has been such a mystery; I believe that the people who live with autism are in the best position to help us understand. All we have to do is listen.
I shared your comments with Ben and Huan. Both of them smiled, laughed and were positively beaming as I read your comments to them! I am pretty sure I noticed Huan blushing. Here are Ben and Huan’s responses to your kindness.
I AM OVERWHELMED BY EVERYONE’S BEAUTIFUL COMMENTS. ALL OF YOUR KIND WORDS INSPIRE ME TO KEEP WORKING TO FURTHER IMPROVE MY SKILLS ON THE LETTER BOARD. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY WORDS. YOUR BELIEF MEANS THE WORLD TO ME. ~Ben
I AM SO TOUCHED BY THOSE COMMENTS. I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN HEARD AND AM DELIGHTED WITH THIS FEEDBACK. I NEVER WOULD HAVE BELIEVED SO MANY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE CARED ABOUT WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. I AM GRATEFUL. ~ Huan
Spread a little love today, let someone know that you have heard them! ~Elizabeth