I’m thankful and grateful that my parents helped a guided me to be as functional as possible, not disabling further with martyrdom and co-dependency, teaching me right from wrong, understanding failure is normal, letting me experience the world and make progress and mistakes, encouraging happiness and balance and not seeing my a Autism as the sum total of my being – I’m a person, artist, poet and author – but like my parents also taught I am no better than anyone else.
Considering my primary speech/language is movements, sounds and echolalia and my internal language a jumble of noise and sounds (but words were trapped inside which I wanted to share), with no pictures, other people were fragmented blobs that made sounds to each other, I was functionally non -verbal for 5 years and when I gained functional speech at 7/8 years old the words inside came out scattered and wanted to go back but kept moving forward my primary language is still the above at home I revert back to that language that I hold so dear and you may not get much interpretive language out of me. I wish no pity of sorrow this is my own journey.
Interpretive Language & Pattern, Theme & Feel Language (D.Williams)
Interpretive language is a second language to me which is English my primary language is movements, sounds, echolalia, licking, sniffing and tapping my surroundings, sounds and movements conveyed emotions, feelings and direction, sculpting faces, sniffing hair, flashing lights, things that spin, pretty textures, glowy things, sparkle, shine etc. At home my language would be hard for others to fathom.
I’m thankful that my parents have helped me in this way it is good to have and find balance in your life for a whole host of reasons – empowerment is one of key things that has helped me by not going down the road of victimhood and also having a healthy acknowledgment of your actions on others.
Adult with Autism 2014