This is a beautifully written and hugely informative blog. If you know of any parents of an autistic child, please forward this to them – it might change their lives.
We never found out why Ian was hooked on the word Tuesday (‘From the Inside’, Chapters 4 and 6) but it should have been taken more seriously than it ever was. At the time, we just thought it strange and clever. An indication of something going on ‘inside’ that couldn’t easily be seen. What we should have realised was that our child had an instinctive understanding of words, an innate grasp of the patterns of words, that – had we but realised – would have made teaching him language a whole lot easier. I mean, let’s be honest, the lad knew the alphabet when he was 2, without being taught. Surely that should have been a clue?
I have hours of video footage of Ian when he was in class. Yes, I know, it was a nightmare for the therapists and reminded them of their worst moments at…
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