I was non-verbal for about 5 years, I had speech delay and language delay, oral apraxia and then I was pre-verbal and I gained “functional” expressive speech (of a three year old) between the ages 7/8. Before that I lived in a pattern, theme and feel (Donna Williams) with language creating sounds, movements to convey my emotions and communicate as well as touching and sculpting.
TYPICAL FUNCTIONAL EXPRESSIVE SPEECH “IS NOT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE”
Typical/functional speech is to me still not my native language, my native language is before typical interpretation and meaning – even now this is still the case this is do with many factors.
- Receptive and Expressive Aphasias/Auditory Agnosias (Meaning Deafness)
- Oral Apraxia (Mouth, Tongue and Jaw Movements)
- Visual Agnosias (Object, Face & Meaning Blindness)
I have learnt to use functional language as a route pathway and cross-over for people who process typical interpretive expressive and receptive language. much like refined echolalia. 🙂 I still live in a word before typical interpretation. 🙂
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014