Nonverbal to Verbal - What is it really like?

Sometimes perspectives can be limiting. When we work with nonverbal individuals on the autism spectrum, we practitioners often have very little sense of what the experience is like for the other person. This includes the weight of the demands and expectations that we put on them, and knowing what they understand, agree with, feel, want, and don't want! Therapy sessions can often be a guessing game, and though we try to make them as enjoyable as possible for the student, there's only so much we can perceive ourselves. Below is a testimony from a person who used to be nonverbal, who is now highly verbal. This is how it feels: Ryan Tilton is a member on the spectrum. She took great effort to ex

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