Last week during Emma’s RPM session with B. they discussed interviews, the act of interviewing another person and the reasons one might interview another: for jobs, schools, etc. They discussed where an interview might take place, one on one and in person, a group interview, by telephone, over email, etc. I don’t have Emma’s permission to write about the interview she then conducted with an imaginary person, but as a result of all of this, I decided to continue with this idea of an interview in our session at home. So I asked Emma whether she wanted to be the interviewer or the one being interviewed.
Emma wrote, “I want to know what you think about autism and am curious to understand why wasted time is spent being against a way of thinking.” Later she added to that last part, “and being.” So the sentence read, “I want to know what you think about autism and am curious to understand why wasted time is spent being against a way of thinking and being.”
Whew. Talk about a great question! I told her that I believed there was so much more we do not know than we know about all neurology. I mentioned that with Autistic neurology in particular, there is a tendency to state as fact a great deal that is not fact, but is really an opinion. I told her that her writing has so completely changed my thinking about not just her, but autism in general. I talked about how people fear what they do not understand, how they make up stories and confuse ideas and opinions as facts. I discussed how assumptions are made because people like to believe they know things, even when they don’t and how people would rather believe something that isn’t true than sit with the discomfort that can come with not knowing.
And then I asked her if she wanted to know what other people thought about her question, or was this a question specifically for me?
Emma wrote that she would like to know what others think.
So I’m throwing it out to all of you… think of this as Emma’s first interview question to you.
“I want to know what you think about autism and am curious to understand why wasted time is spent being against a way of thinking and being.”