Today, Cheeks answers more reader-submitted questions. The words in capital letters were spelled by him, using a letter board to point to each letter. It is a low-tech form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), that allows for us to access his cognitive abilities while accommodating his motor planning challenges.
“How would you like people to approach you and talk to you/how do you think people should approach and talk to anyone nonverbal?”*
YOU SHOULD MAKE MORE OF AN EFFORT TO SPEAK TO US HOW YOU SPEAK TO MOST PEOPLE. BECAUSE MOST OF MY NICE FRIENDS WITH AUTISM REALLY DO KNOW WORDS EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T SPEAK.
“What do you love most about yourself?”
I LOVE MY SENSE OF SEEING MORE STORIES IN EVERYTHING.
I also followed up with this, which was my own question to him and not submitted by a reader: “Lots of people are seeing these posts on the blog. Do you have anything you want to say to them?”
MY MIND IS CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD SEES NONSPEAKING PEOPLE. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.
Have a question you’d like Cheeks to answer? Please feel free to post in the comments below, or via the “Contact” link at the top of this page. You can also ask follow-up questions to anything previously answered.
* The commonly used terminology used to describe a nonspeaking individual is “nonverbal.” We prefer the term nonspeaking, for reasons explained here.