Monday, April 24, 2017

Thoughts on Communicating


Guest Blog by EJ





THOUGHTS ON COMMUNICATING



NICE HALLOW RISING
RIGHT HAPPY SURPRISING
MY MOMMY IS WORKING
MY MOUTH IS THINKING

I AM NOT IN TROUBLE
I LIVE IN A GREAT BUBBLE
MY LIFE IS MY OWN
RIGHT INSIDE I HAVE BONES

HAVE NO FEAR
THIS IS THE YEAR
I COMMUNICATE MY THOUGHTS
NOW I SAY LOTS

MY MEANING IN LIFE IS HARD TO SAY
I MIGHT MAKE MY MOM'S DAY
SMOOTH MY LIFE LORD
I AM GOING BORED


EJ is 10 years old and lives in Whittier, CA. He started RPM with Soma in January 2016 and started writing poems with her in June 2016. He wrote this one with Lenae and chose it to contribute to Philip's awesome blog this year. His mom's favorite quote is "THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Accept All People

Guest Blog by Jordyn Pallett



My name is Jordyn Pallett.  I am 13.5 years old.  I live in Mono, ON, Canada with my loving parents.  I love climbing, all people, and camping.  I want the world to heal, and am here to make a difference.  Please visit my blog at https://jordynsrockyjourney.wordpress.com/.


ACCEPT ALL PEOPLE

ALL PEOPLE DESERVE
ACCEPTANCE

ALL PEOPLE DESERVE
LOVE

ALL PEOPLE DESERVE
FAIR EDUCATION

ALL PEOPLE ARE
CREATED TO BE JOYFUL

ALL PEOPLE ARE
CREATED TO CONTRIBUTE

ALL PEOPLE ARE
CARING TO BE GOOD

ALL PEOPLE ARE
DOING THEIR VERY BEST

ALL PEOPLE NEED
SOMEONE WHO LISTENS

ALL PEOPLE NEED
BOTH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE

ONLY YOU ARE
ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Jordyn Pallett, 13
Mono, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Resurrection Sunday


by Philip

Easter is a time to remember Jesus's resurrection from the dead and his power to conquer sin. I am peaceful because Jesus died for the whole world and me. He paid the price of all mankind’s sins. I have nothing more to add to his saving grace. I have freedom to live with a clean life and can be confident in Jesus's salvation of my soul. I want to make my life reflect the awesome power of Jesus's resurrection. Happy Easter!



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Awareness of Autism Through Our Voice

Guest Blog by Rohit Dixit 

I have noticed these days having autism is no big thing. Today everybody knows about it. But at the same time I am not surprised there are some people who are ignorant to the fact that they think they are perfect. But nobody is perfect in this world. Some people think they can do anything without anybody's help. But they are wrong. They are the one who need most of the help to behave in a society where you encounter all kinds of people.

I wonder how the rest of the world is treating autism! I read an article from an Indian newspaper that children are not getting the help and services they require because of inadequate training and awareness. The world needs to know how important the awareness is. Awareness doesn't just come from reading articles, books, films and other medias. One should empathize by feeling the inner emotions of the persons who have autism and the people and parents who live with them to help in their day-to-day routine. 

I am not saying that all people are that bad. There are people who are kind and want to help. But they don't try to understand or sense the deeper feelings of the person with special needs.  I am so thankful to my parents for helping me find the right tool so that I can get my voice heard through typing.

Over the years I have been writing to tell that eventually it is our voices that can bring awareness into this world. It's not just me. There are many like me who are also working hard to get their voice heard through their writings.




My name is Rohit Dixit, I am 20 years old with autism. I love to write articles on current affairs and shorts stories. My dream goal is to become a journalist.  Please check out my blog. I appreciate any comments and suggestions. www.autismfunstories.wordpress.com.

Thank you.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Autism is My World

by Philip

Autism is often feared
but I am not to be feared.

Many people try to cure us
but autism cannot be cured.

Autism is seeing so many details I have to look away
but it is seeing beauty in the smallest of details.

Autism is hearing everything loudly all at once
but it is listening to others well.

Autism is a body out of control sometimes
but it is feeling my world with all my senses fully aroused.

Autism is sometimes a burden
but I can love freely and feel loved.

Autism means many things are difficult for me
but being autistic is all I know.

Autism is my life
and my life is really worth living.

Copyright 2017 Philip Reyes.  All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Name is Kate

Guest Blog by Kate

April is Autism Awareness Month.  This is the time of year when people are generally more aware of Autism.  I ask that you are not just aware of Autism but that you are more sensitive towards people with Autism. Don’t assume we are weird because we are different.   Many of us are sensitive to sights, sounds and touch, my experiences are often drastically different from most people’s experiences.  In my world, sights, sounds and touch are often amplified times ten.     I try very hard to be part of your intense world, can you try to be sensitive to my world? My name is Kate, I am twelve years old and I live in California.  My favorite color is red, I love music and the Patriots.  
I wrote a few poems I would like to share with you.  The first, is a poem that describes who I am.


Kind
Amazing writer                                    
Totally sassy
Energetic and fun      
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The second poem I wrote this past summer, it describes how I felt each morning before I was allowed to go swimming.   Each morning was torture, but every afternoon was pure bliss!  I hope you enjoy it, I am terribly proud of it. 


Tranquility

Water is my tranquility
It calms my mind, body, and soul
It is my therapy 
Then why do they torture me by making me wait and wait and wait
Oh, how that beautiful water sparkles in the warm sun
Can't they see how badly I need my fix?
Stop the torture!  I can't wait and wait and wait much longer
I need to dive into that sparkling refreshing tranquility now!
Stop the torture please!  I cannot wait and wait and wait anymore
I must be one with my pool, water is my therapy
It is finally time!  No more waiting and waiting and waiting
At last, I am at peace

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Inclusion

Guest Blog by Coco Aysseh

THERE IS A LOT OF AGREEMENT ABOUT INCLUSION BEING A GOOD THING.  YES EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON THAT.  BUT INCLUSION CAN TAKE MANY FORMS.  INCLUSION WITHOUT EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION THATS NOT A REASONABLE TYPE OF INCLUSION.  TO A BIG EXTENT OUR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IS WHAT MAKES US HUMAN.  TAKE THAT ABILITY AWAY AND IT BECOMES EASY FOR SOME TO SEE US AS LESS THAN HUMAN.  EVEN THOSE WITH CAPABILITIES WILL BE TREATED AS LESS THAN.

EVERYONE DESERVES A VOICE.  THE VOICE SHOULD BE THE PREFERENCE OF THE PERSON USING IT.  TO SAY I CAN COMMUNICATE AS EFFECTIVELY USING A SET OF CHOSEN PICTURES AS I CAN THROUGH SPELLING IS LIKE TELLING A SPEAKING PERSON EVERY DAY YOU MUST COMMUNICATE THROUGH THESE DOZEN GLYPHS IN LIEU OF YOUR WORDS.

DAY AFTER DAY WE MUST TRY OUR BEST TO SPREAD THE TRUTH AND CHANGE PEOPLES HEARTS.  TOGETHER WE CAN.  THEN MAYBE THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUTISTICS ARE ABLE TO BE INCLUDED IN SCHOOL IN A MEANINGFUL AND RESPECTFUL WAY.  EDUCATION IS THE RIGHT OF ALL CHILDREN.

THANKS PHILIP FOR LETTING ME SHARE MY THOUGHTS ON YOUR BLOG.

COCO AYSSEH


Coco is twelve years old. She lives in Fairfield, CT with her mom, dad, sister, and grandma.  She loves books, music, swimming, going to movies, and playing with her kitties Sparkle and Butterscotch.  Coco's real education began in the summer of 2015 when she had her first Rapid Prompting Method session with Soma.  Now she can communicate what is in her heart and mind by spelling on her letter board.  She hopes to someday be a writer and professor of literature.  Coco has her own blog "RPM with Coco."