I wanted to re-post this because the message is so strong, and resonates among parents on the Spectrum. A word, a sound, a look or a touch is all it takes for us to connect with our children; to understand them and help them develop their full potential.
“Human beings are hard-wired with the impulses to share our ideas and the desire to know we’ve been heard. It’s all part of our need of community. That’s why we’re constantly sending out signals and signs. It’s why we look for them from other people. We’re always waiting for messages; hoping for a connection. And if we haven’t received a message, it doesn’t always mean it hasn’t been sent to us. Sometimes, it means we haven’t been listening hard enough. In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice. When we hear the human voice, we instinctively want to listen in the hopes of understanding it. Even when the speaker is searching for the right words to say. Even when all we hear is yelling or crying or singing. That’s because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world. That’s why we can hear a singer’s voice over the sound of a full orchestra. We will always hear that singer no matter what else surrounds it…” —Jake Bohm. Touch Ep.4