Tһе first раrt іѕ іח mу “native language,” аחԁ tһеח tһе second раrt provides a translation, οr аt Ɩеаѕt аח explanation. Tһіѕ іѕ חοt a look-аt-tһе-autie gawking freakshow аѕ much аѕ іt іѕ a statement аbουt wһаt gets considered tһουɡһt, intelligence, personhood, language, аחԁ communication, аחԁ wһаt ԁοеѕ חοt.

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22 Responses to “In My Language”
  1. silentmiaow says:

    It’s a sound-related response to the things going on in the video (recorded while I was watching the video). Sound-related stuff is obviously not all I was doing in the video.

  2. boudica82 says:

    Thank you so much for making this video. I work with youth that have a range of disabilities, some verbal but still their communication style is often overlooked. I am going to share this with my students and encourage them to make and post their own videos. Thank you so very much!

  3. chrisaira says:

    thats allright.

  4. chrisaira says:

    i do have autism.

  5. silentmiaow says:

    Oh okay. That’s probably because in the video I only have a certain amount of time to say a whole lot of things, and over a number of comments I can say things I didn’t have time to say. Also, although I have my own way of relating to the world, I am often (not always) perfectly capable of doing what I said in the video and switching into other people’s language if I have to.

  6. chrisaira says:

    oh no, i replyed too early, my computer is so annoying, and ive been getting stomach aches all day, oh, anyway the reply is, i didnt really know if you did it all day long, its a bit confusing but after reading your words, your replies and channel, you seem more logical than in the video.

  7. glcomstock2 says:

    Wonderful! I’m struck by your title, “In My Language.” It seems that the language metaphor gets in the way here. Could I make a suggestion? People for whom language comes easily control their psychological lives by using stories (paradigmatically, plot and character). They live autobiographically. Perhaps others have alternative ways of controlling their psychological lives. Perhaps some use music (paradigmatically, rhythm and melody). If so, then perhaps they live autobio-musically?

  8. rachael596 says:

    thank you for posting this video i have two atustic sons who are non verbal to the normal world i seem to understand them just fine .. this video was completely normal for me as with a few of the others you have posted i understand them completly but only because my son’s have taught me your language.. but to learn it you have to care enough to listen

  9. rachael596 says:

    i think chrisaira is exactly the type of person she’s responding to … you are obviously a narrow minded person who has never met another with autism or relating disability =(

  10. silentmiaow says:

    What makes you think I do it all day long? :-)

  11. miasansom says:

    YAY this was chocolate ice cream! flappy! 5 stars! I totally understand this on so many levels. Although I am verbal and “high functioning” I could never verbalize what I am able to think, feel, experience, or write. I understand the delight in smelling things etc… etc… on and on, rave rave! Why haven’t I watched this before?

  12. highdesertmom says:

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. marsman57 says:

    Anyway, my last comment may have been unclear. You did open my eyes to a new way of thinking. I just think the burden is on both sides to bridge communication gaps, not solely on the side of society at large.

  14. marsman57 says:

    Interesting video. I do not see you as sub-human or anything of that nature, but I am uncertain that I see your language as a meaningful form of primary communication as it is non-standard even among those who are autistic. I mean, if I had spoke a language that only I knew, is it really a language?

    Also, is it really the burden of society to have to learn the individual language of each autistic person in order to communicate with them?

  15. VJZANNE says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I know what you mean..

  16. Klarley says:

    nice video, I made also a few short movies, please check them if you want

  17. Uskyld says:

    This is so touching, and a relavation. I have never been the type of person to make fun of or think people with disabilities as “bizarre”, but I never thought about the things you’ve said in this video and it helps me understand things better, you are an amazing and couragious person for posting this.

  18. watchitlugnuts says:

    This is beautiful. I’m so glad you made this.

  19. joelleppard says:

    thank you thank you!

    your perspective has made my day. I will think of this video for many years to come.

  20. Seinneann says:

    Thank you for this video. I teach a class of sensory autistic teens and always strive to understand their language and needs and hope that I have never considered my students to be any less of a person than anyone else.

    But I’m a bit worried about the idea of deficits that has been talked about in these comments. I think that if there are differences, one cannot consider *either* side to have a deficit. We can only hope to build understanding from *both* sides. I hope to do my part in that.

  21. StarfoxRoy1902 says:

    It’s so amazing that, although she could not learn her own language, she was able to create her own. This is one of the best examples of the progress of Autistic people I have ever seen.

  22. cantatasacra says:

    thank you for your courage.

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