“I want to talk about autism, but I am dear-like because badly needed information is angering.
Assuring many people understand about neurology they do not have is difficult.
I want the world to have another opinion to work with.
I am happy but people find that impossible to believe. That causes me anxiety.
Acceptance and kindness are crucial for all people. As one who is constantly thought less than, forgiveness is like a soothing bath and the talking people might learn more if they did not talk so much.
There is wisdom in the echo silence makes.”
Emma just wrote this. She asked that I put it on the blog.
“There is wisdom in the echo silence makes.”
It turns out we are living with the buddha.
Wow…just wow. Pretty much all that I can think of to say.
Yup. That sums up my response too
Emma, what a lovely, concise and lyrical post. Be assured that now the world has another opinion – yours. And yours is added to the growing chorus of voices that are contesting all the stereotypes.
Next week Norm (my partner and colleague) and I will be presenting to a group of social work, human service and education students at the University of British Columbia North. May I read the students what you’ve written?
All the best from another Emma :-).
Emma wrote – Yes.
Good luck with the presentation and I hope you’ll tell me how it goes!
Thank you, Emma! I will certainly let you know how it goes.
Emma, that was so gorgeous and moving that I shared it with the people who read my facebook and told them that you are an example of why they should never assume that people who don’t speak are not seeing and thinking and feeling human beings. I talk to a lot of parents of other Autistic people and I tell them all the time to use every way to communicate and not assume that speech is the only way a person can make their thoughts known.
Keep writing! We all love your words so much. We all love you so much! Your words guide many people to a better way of living with others and respecting people who do things differently from them. Your words make a difference. Your words make the world a better place.
So wise beyond her young years! Yes, the world does have another opinion with which to work and that opinion is making a lot of noise! 😉 Dear Emma, your “opinions” are facts and you are letting the world know the truth! I applaud you! I always look forward to reading the latest from you! 🙂
“There is wisdom in the echo silence makes…”
I squeal with delight that beautiful Emma is finding a way to communicate! Please do not think me a know it all. Please don’t. As you know, I have always seen so much of myself in Emma. While we are very different in some ways, we are much alike. Her thinking is in universal terms. When one is hypersensitive the universal connect comes easy. It is the default zone. Think of when you are dreaming, when you are a non-physical entity, timeless, floating. You are Richard are both so creative, I know you know what I am talking about. That lovely, blissful place, where you are still dreaming when almost awake and when sensitivity is so high. Wisdom rules, This is why we meditate, to find that silent place. To me, and perhaps for Emma, this dreamy universal connect is effortless. It is the pragmatic thinking that is hard, and the nuts and bolts of the outer world can assault with a crashing violence as I float in my happy bliss. If allowed to be myself, and gently encouraged into practicalities, I can do so much! I have worked hard on this, and Emma, I think, will, too. I celebrate with you, the wisdom of your fabulous daughter, and shall give her this to ponder: We are here, in this life, to live this practical life, for a short, temporary time. We have a timeless eternity for universal bliss. Keep trying hard to work on life’s practicalities, Emma, and share your natural, beautiful bliss! That is that way to a complete, happy life ❤
I’m guessing here, but I would say what you’ve described certainly resembles what we’ve observed in our daughter!
It’s really very cool the empathy that oozes from our kids, you know, the ones who supposedly lack empathy. Discovering his treasure trove of empathy and what he has taught me about what that word really means has been one of my favorite delights of raising Ted. Welcome to this wonderful world! It is awe-inspiring, isn’t it!
Yes it is! And thank you for the loving welcome!!
Yes, there is that “sound of one hand clapping” again.
I just love reading what Emma writes. 🙂
Oh, wow…that is writing, Emma. You communicate these ideas of yours well, and as a person who is Autistic, I understand them really well. The silence holds that wisdom very well itself – and to see how you have woven these words together is great.
Keep ahold of the beauty that you see through your mind and your life, and please, keep sharing it with us all. I am also there, seeing it with you, and it makes me ever-increasingly happy to know that others like me of other ages see it, too. And while you, and I, and others like us, may not always hear the echo of silence the same, it ultimately is from that same place or state…and it is beautiful in all of the forms that it takes on.
Emma, people who are like you, who carry hope and giftedness naturally, and want to share it, are a huge reason for why I am happy to be Autistic. I will do everything I can throughout my life to help people like me and you have the chances to share our giftedness, so that others may enjoy our sharing it, and so that we may enjoy the action of sharing it. That, I promise. You don’t deserve anything less, after all…no one deserves anything less, after all, for no person is without gifts.
Please keep sharing your words with everyone as they continue to come to you. The sharing will help the gifts to grow and spread, as with any seed of any tree. And all trees are valuable, and all are important, because they support all other trees…and all other living beings, too. And in a way that I cannot deny, you see this…so remember that it is true, and it is beautiful. Your gift has wonderful uses, and you are not alone.
Perfect. Thank you both.
I recently stumbled upon this blog and am so incredibly taken by Emma’s voice. I have always felt that I express myself better, and more comfortably, via writing than via speaking, but what I find myself relating to even more strongly here is Emma’s continued message of the importance of compassion and taking the time to understand. Instead of focusing on the status quo, we ought to be embracing the uniqueness of each person’s voice – while also remembering that, as humans, we all have valid experiences and emotional interactions with the world around us. (“Be kind, for everyone you see is fighting a battle.”) Emma seems to have been born with this knowledge, and with the gift of expressing it. I’m humbled.
I do have one question, which I hope is okay to ask: I am curious as to why the stencil board is such a different experience from typing on a computer. Does the difference – and preference for one over the other – stem from different things that happen neurologically with each method, or is it more a matter of preference – or some combination of the two? Again, I hope it’s appropriate to ask a question like this; if not, I do sincerely apologize.
Thank you, all of you! What a great family!
P.S. Emma, you have a voice – and it’s beautiful.
Hi Anna – it’s a great question and one, I too, would love to know the answer to. All I can tell you is what I’ve surmised from watching this process. It isn’t that the stencil board is “preferred” as much as it allows the time needed to formulate thought. We, initially, facilitated Emma by supporting her forearm while typing. That facilitation was mostly in the form of resistance. In a way, the stencil board offers the same kind of resistance, though not in the form of physical contact of any kind, but because she points with a pencil, I then take the pencil write the letter she’s pointed to down and on it goes. I could be completely off the mark in my answer to you, but it’s a thought.
By the way, our goal is to move to the iPad and computer, which Emma is already beginning to do.
Such thought-provoking words. Thank you, Emma.
Thank you Alex!
“I am happy but people find that impossible to believe” ~ Beautiful thought and words! I know my son would enjoy this comment, as he is non-verbal and profoundly autistic, and yet, his daily smile lets the world know “I am happy”…..and he is my hero! Thank you for sharing such beautiful words.
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Definite wisdom ❤