I figured that I better start using this blog for what I intended it for when I thought of the idea.
As I mentioned before, my name is Paul Kotler and I am an adult with autism. I have what some may call substantial differences in my sensory system, in how I communicate and how my body moves.
I will expand on those throughout my blog, but will leave it at that for now.
I wasn’t able to express myself for quite some time. You see, I have difficulty moving my mouth, tongue and lips to make speech. I can say a phrases, words and such that I having practiced saying a million times, but I have more difficulty with new material. Unfortunately, most of what I want to say is new material. Going around saying “I’ll be right back” or “Go to the bathroom” just doesn’t cut it when it comes to expressing what I really want to say!
So, I learned to type. It was a long process, but through typing I am able to see what I am saying so I can focus on creating without trying to remember what I wrote. I am also able to express myself fully. I can type so much more than I can say.
I had many instances in my life when I truly wanted to engage in a conversation but could not. I heard and understood, but could just not make my body create the plan for speech. Some people thought I was just stupid I guess, but those that really knew me realized that there was so much more I had to say. Now, I am going to say it, speak my mind and offer my thoughts on the diverse appearance of autism.