I have been blogging for over a year now. Although it may seem easy, it is very hard work. On many days I type only about four or five sentences. It is just hard to get the motor plans down for typing quickly. I know exactly what I want to say in my head, but getting those thoughts to flow into a keyboard from my fingers takes intense concentration and it takes time.
In many ways, although it is much easier for me to type than to speak, the same motor planning difficulties that make speech hard for me, make typing hard for me. Sometimes, I know what I want to say in my head, and I will type a completely different word and I look down at the screen and am surprised. Certain words just get stuck in my motor plans like “this” or “yes” and I type them instead of some other word that is very different in spelling.
This, then takes much editing and I have to go through what I have typed, rethink it, and then retype it. This editing sometimes takes longer than the actual writing. It is tough, but I enjoy doing it.
I hope that by continuing this blog, I may help others understand autistic people a little bit more and accept us for who we are and not who they think we should be. We are not neuro-typical. We process things differently. We struggle with communication in the conventional sense, many of us have problems with motor planning and can’t seem to get our bodies to do what our minds want.
I suppose that I am asking that if you run across an autistic person in a store or at the mall who is running around or acting out in what seem to you to be strange ways, do not judge. There is a reason behind that behavior that if you knew, you would probably understand. I hope, in the upcoming year to continue to offer thoughts on the diverse appearance of autism. Autistics are not all alike. Each of us is unique as is every human, but we do have things in common that make us autistic. Those are the things I will talk a little bit about from my experience.
I am glad to be doing this blog and it has really expanded my ability to help others out and give ideas to professionals. At the clinic where I receive speech and language therapy, there is also a school for children with speech and language impairments. Some of these kids are autistics and I am becoming more comfortable answering questions that the teachers may have regarding students in their classes and have gotten positive feedback from many of them. I feel good about helping out and I am glad that my thoughts and advice have helped other autistic kids. So, in the upcoming year, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions I can help answer. I am always looking for suggestions for blog topics.