Apparently quite a lot of people thought this idea was crap too. One blog ran a 24 hour Communicate to Educate campaign and it sparked a whole host of other campaigns. While any attempt to raise awareness of autism is valid, there has to be some real thought into the expression of it. I, like many parents of autistic kids spend so much time trying to get into the head of my autistic child. I try to pre-empt the best way to communicate, the convey information that will be acceptable to his thought processes. Silence drives me mad and lack of communication with A is a daily struggle. It makes everything difficult. From dressing for school to finding out if he has homework due.
Over at the wonderful Extreme Parenthood blog, they are hosting an Autism Shout Out encouraging parents to come forward and to speak out about autism in their lives and their experiences with it. It seems impossible to write a post about dealing with A's lack of communication for the shout out so I'll write a rather selfish post on life with an autistic child. I've been struggling with a few issues of the last few weeks and in an brutally frank move have decided to dedicate this post to the cause and to talk about what I'm struggling with at the moment. It seems incredibly apt as it is the concept of silence I am struggling with. So silence in its many forms is the theme of this piece.