2 Incredible Years – Insights from an Involuntary Vow of Silence – by EJ & Mommy

Looking back on the last incredible 2 years from being considered “a non-verbal, low functioning autistic child” to the point where EJ is planning retreats for spellers/typers and being asked to put together a book.  We truly hope that by sharing our story we help encourage others to follow their gut and if nothing else expose ALL people to the wonders of an engaging education.  Even for those who believe there are kids who “can’t learn” (a completely false assumption) why not just read interesting material instead of preschool readers.  If they aren’t learning anyway at least their aides will be less bored.  And maybe just maybe they’ll start to engage and realize there are MUCH better ways to teach MUCH more interesting material.  (steps off soap box)

OK, so EJ is now typing and spelling purposefully & fluently with pretty much any well-trained communication and regulation partner, but as this blog is going to jump back and forth thru the journey here is a clip from 2 years ago just after returning from our first camp with Soma Mukhopadhyay.

It’s cringe-worthy for me to see this because I have learned SOOOOO much and I see all the things I could be doing better, but I’m hoping that showing some of these early lessons will be helpful to others.  We would love to help others to identify the best and most effective ways to teach. -Sabrina

WOW, OUR LESSONS LOOK VERY DIFFERENT NOW.  I LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING WITH THIS (blog).  I WAS ALWAYS LISTENING BUT NEEDED HELP TO GET IT OUT PROPERLY.  IT HAS MADE MY LIFE MORE FULL. – EJ