“I am smarter than most people think. So many kids are just like me.”
Emma wrote this yesterday in response to my question, “What would you like teachers, who want to teach Autistic kids, to know?”
There are a number of young people who write to communicate things that they cannot with spoken words, just as Emma does. Many of them are starting blogs of their own, some have parents who have blogs and like Emma they are beginning to take ownership of those blogs. On the “Resources” page here on Emma’s Hope Book I’ve listed a great many blogs beginning with those written by non-speakers, or people who write to communicate.
When Emma wrote “so many kids are just like me” I thought about how when Emma was diagnosed I knew of none (of any age) who wrote to communicate. The entire concept was completely foreign to me. In fact, and I hate admitting this, I hadn’t spent any time considering neurology, literacy, language, or which parts of the brain process language. I remember being confused by the idea that someone who didn’t speak, could still read. I’ve come a long way!
I would like to take the opportunity to list here just a few blogs that I personally know of where people around or near Emma’s age are writing to communicate. This is by no means a comprehensive list and I welcome any additions, which I will add here and on the resources page as they come in.
Oliver – Day Sixty-Seven
Philip – Faith, Hope and Love… With Autism
Henry Frost – Ollibean
Matteo – Matteo’s Loving Blog
Ido – Ido in Autismland
Nick – Teen Typer
“So many kids are just like me…”