by Marcia Hinds – Megan and Ryan’s Mom
The best way I can explain the frustration that children with autism feel because they can’t communicate is with a chocolate analogy. Imagine your favorite candy bar is right in front of you and you missed lunch. You are starving. Your blood sugar plummets along with your mood. You try to communicate to anyone who will listen to hand over that chocolate candy bar loaded with caramel and nuts NOW! But no one understands what you want, and you can’t say it. Then someone gives you a pencil. Next, they demand you say “Thank you” for an object you do not want. And when you don’t, they give you a swat on the butt. Given this scenario, I might scream or hit my head too.
I just read a great book called Underestimated: An Autism Miracle by JB Handley and his son Jamison. It is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3ezpu4W It truly explains why our kids are so frustrated. It explains why they act out with aggressive and strange behaviors. Once Jamison could communicate those behaviors went away. Underestimated will inspire you, remind you of the power of love, and ultimately leave you asking tough questions about how many more Jamisons might be waiting for their chance to be freed from their prison of silence, too. Our children are brilliant, but they sometimes can’t show us that because they do not have speech. Many scientists still consider nonspeakers with autism—a full 40 percent of those on the autism spectrum—to be “mentally retarded.” Is it possible that the experts are wrong about several million people? I believe that most of our kids are brilliant like Jamison. We just need to give them a way to communicate to discover just how capable they truly are.
And here is a blog post from my website that explains why we need to keep talking to our kids. https://bit.ly/3i3uWPz
NOTE FROM MARCIA HINDS – Megan and Ryan’s mom:
Ryan became an aerospace engineer, because he received proper medical treatment combined with behavioral, and educational interventions. To preview my book, “I Know You’re In There – winning our war against autism”go to Amazon or my website www.autism-and-treatment.com
Contact info for Marcia:
Phone: 805 796-8213 Email: For help finding a doctor firstname.lastname@example.org
There is more info to help on my website.