RPM stands for Rapid Prompting Method. It was helpful in getting me to learn how to communicate. The person placing her belief in me was Soma. She is the creator of RPM. I first met her many years ago when my parents and some other parents brought her to Buffalo for my benefit. Loved her from the beginning. She believed in me and made me feel smart for the first time. Her methods worked.
Treating me like I was smart, really like an intelligent person made me feel like I'm someone loved. Treat autistics like they matter and teach them grade level material and you will be amazed how we respond. Point to my success. Also my friend Philip. Patience is key, we don't respond well to impatient people. Soma would like that I am blogging. Easy to talk with Soma from the start because she knows what autistics are capable of. Mom and Dad didn't always believe in me the way they do now. Really the child that was loved.
Plight of autistics picks us. We malign our many children, treating autistics as less than other people. Having my incredible family believe in me now is making a hard life more bearable. Really think people have changed their opinions of me. My mom's friends are so supportive of her and me. Like learning that they talk about me and yearn to help autistics that they know. Most loved girl now that having autism does mean my Mom will amount to make people care what happens for the future of my autistic loved compatriots. Mark your calendars - I'm going to be on the news next month showing our community how great Philip and I are doing now that we can communicate using RPM.