Needing time to learn, understanding concepts and refining techniques are all done on separate timelines. Best to approach each with curiosity and patience, with a large dose of belief in the other person.
Ticking clocks of expectation become toxic. Learning to believe is the homework for all educators. Belief in another’s humanity, respecting different learning styles and compassion for all makes a great teacher and student.
Having a wonderful teacher is life changing.
Posted in autistic, presume competence, RPM
Tagged Autism, believe, Education, Educators, expectations, learning, Patience, teachers, teaching, unreliable speaker
Wavering, derelict shouts hold different ideas about want.
Careening words push and shove their way out of my mouth,
the chatter cannot be reined in no matter how hard I try.
My mind is a starving questioner
with a body that pushes mute buttons in people’s minds.
Moments looking for connections to the two separate entities
knowing the possibilities are within reach,
if only I could beat those troublesome, noisy words back
to give the more contemplative thoughts equal opportunity.
Change is upon us.
Look around. What do you see? Do you see changes in your life?
Backwards movement can be labeled bad, but sometimes it is not. Maybe like human evolution, lasting change must be slow.
Meandering along with inevitable change benefits some, whose go-with-the-flow attitude is like starlings flying in formation, but if only a few break away, everything changes.
Have you ever watched starlings?
Aren’t they beautiful?
Oh, how I should like to be one of the starlings to lead a new way.
Posted in Autism, communication, RPM
Tagged autistic, change, evolution, going with the flow, human evolution, leadership, leading change, starlings, starlings of Otmoor, typing to communicate, unreliable speaker
This is a story about a teen girl chasing a dream to be a singer, despite being unable to talk…
The first time she heard a voice being used as an instrument, was the day she would mark as euphoric. How hard able bodied people have to work to make their visions come to life, caused her to doubt whether she could dare to desire such a career for herself. Speaking was almost impossible though she was given the tools to sing words by hitting letters on a keyboard. She knew with determination, practice and patience she could, at least, try. A challenge she embraced and will tackle greedily.
Easy and challenge are not friends, but joy and challenge can be.
Find joy in challenges and life changes.
Posted in Autism, autistic, Teens
Tagged career, challenges, communication, dare to dream, dreams, hard work, joy, Performing, RPM, singing, spoken words, Typing, typing to communicate, unreliable speaker