Paid trained teachers understand only what they've been taught in school about autism. I'm wanting to take time with teachers, placing emphasis on the importance of presuming competence and being open to different kinds of therapy. Love my incredible teachers at Heim learning how to do RPM so Philip and I can interact.
ABA therapy treats autistics like we learn like animals. We aren't always looking to be rewarded for performing. Early on it was hard for me at school. Went years without learning anything new because I wouldn't touch my nose eight out of ten times for three days in a row. Mom and Dad finally told them to stop asking me that. My nose is not hard to find, I just didn't want to touch it eight times a day. Looking forward to learning new games in Spanish and interesting things about the human body in Science.
Really want people to make RPM therapy their first choice. Each child can benefit using this method. I'm another success story. My life really improved once I started communicating. Now my wants are being considered. My family can ask my opinion on making decisions.
Tomorrow please give out teachers my words. Make them think about trying something new. Understand years without being able to communicate are pure torture. Make my dreams come true! Long life ahead where I'll be speaking on behalf of those who can't.