Fluent in autism

I have always been envious of bilingual types, or just anyone who can speak more than one language. English is my first and only language but that’s not entirely true because I do speak one other language. A few years after my brother Adrian was born I began learning how to speak autism. It took a while at first and there were definitely moments where I neglected my studies but as I grew older I started to see just how important being able to speak fluently with my brother was. Autism is Adrian’s first language and its a constant challenge for him to understand how everyone else communicates. Watching Adrian dealing with the daily challenges a limited vocabulary can bring made me appreciate how frustrating it can be when people can’t understand you and it occurred to me that we should all be trying harder to understand all communication disabilities such as autism, as though it were it’s own language.
Adrian speaks a language that is in many ways unique to him. It’s English but totally different from anything else you’ve heard so it’s difficult for many people to understand. When a person who does not speak autism meets Adrian it will take them a long time before they start to notice the patterns in Adrians speech that are essential for making sense of what Adrian is saying. In time they will be able to pick up on the odd word and idea but it can take many months before they are able to understand everything he says. Just like any new language, the more you hear it spoken and the more you practise making sense of it, the faster you learn how to communicate successfully in that language.
Learning to speak my brother Adrian’s autism may help you along when learning to speak another person’s autism but you will notice that they are very different. You may find some similar ideas or concepts but just as it’s true that no two people on the autistic spectrum are the same. It’s also true that learning to understand a person’s unique autistic language is considerably different from the next persons. So becoming fluent requires you to take the time and care to learn it from scratch, with every person you wish to communicate with. Once you’ve discovered the life changing effects this can have on someone’s life the desire to do it again and help someone new becomes greater. Each time you do it the process becomes easier and you develop skills that will inspire others. It’s my hope that over time more and more people will increase their awareness by engaging in new opportunities to create a more inclusive environment for people restricted by limited communication. Allowing them to live fulfilling lives by sustaining a working environment where they are able to contribute more by working and learning in ways that are only possible with a greater understanding of inclusive communication.
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2 thoughts on “Fluent in autism”

  1. Hello, PenMarks, you are blessed to be with Adrian who speaks a language you understand. Always having difficulty with communicating with the person you want to can be very frustrating.
    Like when you go to a strange country, you get lost in the way and want to know for directions but because don’t know the language you can fail to reach where your destiny.
    Sometimes you look out of place when no one understands what you want to pass on or understand what others are passing to you.
    That is why I think people should be able to learn at least more that one language in the field of their operation.
    My regards to Adrian. Thank you for being a love to Adrian.

    1. Thank you for your comment Mariam. You’ve understood our point completely. We hope to explore more ideas in communicating ideas on the autism. Keep visiting our website. We hope to launch our comic soon ‘The Spectrum’

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