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    Posted March 29, 2014 by
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    Communicating through autism

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    Sadness, Without Words, is the Deepest Sadness!


    Sammy, my 8 year old, severely autistic, nonverbal son has taught me that nonverbal happiness is a super high and nonverbal sadness is super low. There is nothing like the pain of listening to my child cry and pull at me while looking me in the eyes and not knowing what to do. Sammy has limited communication skills. He uses his PECS picture cards to tell me when he wants crackers or a drink or even a hug, but he can't tell me if he is hurting physically or emotionally. I would give anything to have a 10 minute conversation with my son! I want to know exactly what he is thinking and what he needs. I understand that love goes beyond words, but I would really like Sammy to use his words to communicate his hurts, hopes, etc. I love my kid, and I will hold onto hope, that eventually, I will be able to hear him speak. If not, I will accept him for who he is and will cherish the communication we do share.

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