*Emma worked on this story for a week and it took many 45 minute sessions to complete.
“Once upon a time there was a duck and she bought a gorgeous pair of shoes. She could not force her webbed feet into the lovely shoes, so she fell into a terrible depression.
“Oh what is the matter with me?” she cried.
“Her once beautiful feet now disgusted her. The new shoes languished in her closet. Golden hopes for her acting debut were dashed. Without her new shoes she believed she would not be as highly regarded as she would be while wearing them. Delightful she once was, but now no longer.
“Dawn arose like a spring crocus and she decided matters could only improve if only her feet were dainty. Seeking the advice of an aged, old, spotted owl, she wondered if her feet could be changed.
“The ancient bird asked, “Have you always hated your feet this way?”
“No,” she said, “I have always enjoyed my wonderfully webbed feet.”
“Then, ” asked the sage, “why do you dislike them so, now?”
“Because,” she replied, “my new shoes do not fit and they are so pretty. Could they be changed so I may wear them?”
“Yes.” Owl smiled.
Relieved to be in the company of one so wise, Duck had seen the failure of her ways. It was not her feet needing amendment, it was her perception.
Duck’s Lovely Webbed Feet
Today is Emma’s birthday. She turns 12. Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl!!
Posted in Autism, communication, Folk Tales
Tagged Autism, autistic, communication, creative writing, folk stories, folk tales, non speaking autistics, non-speaking, Rapid Prompting Method, RPM
Emma wrote this folk tale yesterday. She gave us permission to post it here on the blog. It took her 45 minutes, pointing to one letter after another. She is so, so talented!
“Why People Walk With Two Legs Instead of Four
“Many years ago, people were walking on all fours like many animals. Reaching for food meant they could use front arms or back legs. They were very strong. Other animals were not afraid of them. They looked at other animals as family.
“There was much to see from being so low to the ground. There was much to touch from living in the dirt and the grass. They tasted whatever they could. People now are more fussy with food. The smells were all they knew.
“What is missing?
“You are right if you said: sound. People heard sounds from high above and they did not know where they were coming from. The sounds were soft and silky. Days went by without knowledge of sound. One people leader wanted badly to hear it louder. The only way she thought possible was to be taller. She practiced standing on her back legs and it was successful. Everyone else followed. The soft and silky sounds were birds chirping.”
Emma began writing this series of folk tales while we were in Texas last month. She has written five now and the third one was entitled, Why People Walk on Two Legs. You can read it by clicking on the link, but in it she wrote, “They had to work in the fields wearing knee-shoes and regular shoes. They could not run fast that way.” I love that! She goes on to talk about a king who had outlawed walking, until he was injured from all that crawling around and the only remedy was for him to walk, whereupon he made it legal for people to walk on their two feet and so they did, never looking back. To me, that story was about how until we experience what another goes through, we often remain divided, though I have no idea if that was her intent. This one is completely different, even though the titles are similar.
I am in Chicago at the TASH conference, where Ibby, Leah Kelly and I are presenting first thing this morning on Relationships and Multi-media (so excited to be with my two wonderful friends!)
Em giving the Queen’s wave astride her favorite statue – Balto
This tale was written by Emma and she has generously agreed to allow me to share it here with all of you. She will finish it at a later date since she was too tired to do so now.
“Horses Will Never Fly ~ By Emma
Long ago horses were mean animals. If anyone tried to go near, they charged at them. They had big wings and flew higher than eagles.
One day they flew around and caused so much wind that the dust began to fly. Dust and sand covered big areas of earth, making deserts. People and trees were buried below the dust.
Finally when they rested they saw their wings had begun to shed…”
Originally Emma ended this with “They stopped flying. Horses will never fly. The end.” But once we returned to our hotel and discussed it more, Em said it wasn’t quite finished and promised to finish it later when she wasn’t so tired. In addition, I added the punctuation with Emma’s approval. As there is no way to punctuate from a stencil board it must be done afterwards.
These sessions are exhausting and she works so hard. Her story reminded me of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories that I loved as a child. I cannot wait to read what Emma writes next!
Emma chose this image to accompany her tale from a search for “winged horses.” It was attributed to redorbit.com
Posted in Autism, Parenting, Rapid Prompting Method
Tagged Autism, autistic, communication, folk tales, Parenting, Rapid Prompting Method, RPM, Soma Mukhopadhyay, stories