Saturday, April 20, 2013

Forum

It has been a long time since I posted a blog. The purpose of this blog is to express the truth I have experienced in Autismland. I felt happy I had the opportunity to help other people with autism, or their parents, or specialists. To my joy, I have received feedback that my book or blog has transformed the way people see their kids. The feedback from students in grad school and some professionals has also made me hopeful about the future. It is so important for professionals and parents to hear the point-of-view of people with autism. The irony is that we are generally not able to communicate in any of the usual modalities of speaking, writing, gesture, or even facial expressions, so the ability to explain is not yet available to everyone, though I hope one day it will be. Because the message is not mine alone I hope to be presenting the words of other non-verbal people with autism on this blog, as well as parents and professionals. Stay tuned.

2 comments:

  1. Ido,
    You're an inspiration and I'm glad to be able to have known you while you spent your middle school years at Hale. I've always wondered what it is you and others with autism experience. Thank you for sharing your story. And if ever you wish to share your story at Hale I'd be excited having you visit.
    Yours,
    Andy Salinger

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  2. Hello, Ido. I'm the mom of a four year-old boy who has been diagnosed with autism. I purchased your book last night and I was immediately struck by something your mom wrote in the introduction. Like you did, my little boy loves to look at letters on signs and license plates and gets very excited when the credits to a movie scroll across the screen. He loves to play with the letter games on Starfall.com, too.

    I'm about halfway through your book and I am very inspired by your story. My son is in ABA therapy and has made progress there with learning how to sign. However, based on your story, I just ordered Soma Mukhopadhyay's book on Rapid Prompting Method and a set of letter stencils. I can't wait to read it and begin working with my son. I know he's a smart little boy and I don't want him to go through the same frustrations that you did.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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