Today, whilst waiting for someone on an errand, I noticed a person nearby, that seemed different to you and I. Listening carefully, I observed he was non-verbal, and only able to communicate through noise, and sound, as well as visual communication. He sounded tall, about 6 foot, adolescent, or even adult, and had a deep voice, but I knew there was a difference neurologically. I think he had autism. Okay, Let’s not back away from this person, as anyone else would do, back away and run. let’s understand the man. How is he feeling? What’s he thinking? What does he want? What are his vocalisms telling us? He’s waiting for something, and knows who or what he is waiting for, is not happening. His thoughts may have been as follows:
“Why are we still waiting? What is going on? I’m sitting here, and nothing is happening. Something is meant to happen, and it hasn’t.” So, after a short while, of what sounded to me like agitation, the carer, or the man’s mother, takes him away from the area they were previously in, and walks him to the window. Describing what was going on outside it, people who should have been fixing building work, not doing the job. This excited the man, turning his vocal tone from agitation, to one of enjoyment, and excitement. Beginning to laugh now, he started to attempt words with the lady, and they moved off down the passage, observing pictures on the walls. She again, described them, and he joined in enthusiastically. His agitation from before, had vanished, and he was much calmer.
This was a very interesting experience for me, as I felt nervous around him, I’ll be honest, but I made the effort to understand, to try to ascertain how they themselves are feeling. What a very interesting experience.