Presuming competence in non verbal kids with autism.
I wanted to do do a blog post on this topic for a long time. This topic is very close to my heart as I have first hand seen people making an assumption about my son's abilities as he is non-verbal. I want to tell everyone that even though most of our kids on the spectrum are nonverbal they can learn. and understand. I have also seen first-hand well-meaning professionals speak about the kids in their presence. This is the worst thing someone can do as our kids are not in a position to defend themselves even though they understand everything. We need to believe in our own children first so other people can follow suit. When Aarian was first diagnosed with autism we were so worried as to how we will be able to teach him letter sounds and reading. I was surprised one day when by accident I discovered my son was able to read. That was an eye-opening experience for me. I decided that day I was going to help my son to reach his maximum potential. Our kids cannot speak but they can thi