Looking back, starting RPM was somewhat of a massive undertaking. First long year, we didn't make a lot of progress. It took Soma's help hearing our struggles to finally offer up intuitive advice.
It was my dream to be able to communicate. After meeting Soma for the first time I really thought there might be hope finally. Soma was so patient. She believed in me right away. Mom and Dad were somewhat sorry they hadn't realized learning was such a path to illustrating possibilities they had thought out of my capability. After we saw Soma, they were determined. RPM earned their trust and they were going to have success. It was hard at first. Mom really was busy with my baby sister and didn't have the time to work with me all the time. Dad tried, but he was not very patient.
Pointing to the letter board was really hard. My careful pointing didn't go the way I planned. Great pointing happened with Soma, but not with my parents. The problem was hard to figure out. Mom learned to put rolled pieces of tape on each letter on the letter board to increase the feedback when I touched the board. It really made it easier for me to focus on what letter I was touching. Pointing on the letter board became so much easier. I decided I wanted to try typing on a keyboard. Had an easy time transitioning. Like using the keyboard.
Learning to communicate is the best thing I've ever done. Like my making people think that more is possible for their loved ones. It's not often that great opportunities teach us so many important lessons.