I know it’s been a while since I wrote my last post. However, I’m back, with a new theme on my blog. I am writing this because I want others to know how I communicate.
Usually, I can give short responses to things said to me most of the time. However, this is not always true. Sometimes I am incredibly overloaded by trying to speak. I know what I want to say, but I can’t say it. The words are locked inside of me. I appear to be ignoring the person who is talking to me, but I am not doing so on purpose. I know what the person said. I know how to respond, and what to say. Yet I can’t say anything.
Trying to communicate by speaking is difficult for me. Even saying the things that I can say sometimes, such as short sentences, can be impossible. Explaining that I need to type what I want to say would not be easy either, especially when so many people think that I can use speech to communicate (I’ve faked it many times. Many people assume I’m fully verbal.) I’m not. Sometimes, when I’m lucky, I’m semi-verbal but that doesn’t happen very often.
One of the reasons why I can’t communicate using speech at all sometimes is because I’m being overloaded. If I’m experiencing sensory overload, I will likely be unable to say anything. However, I can always type. One thing many people do not realise is that even though a person is unable to speak, they can almost always use a different method of communication. Aside from sensory overload, I simply can’t communicate at all by speaking sometimes. I don’t know why I can’t speak, but I’m no expert on why nonverbal Autistic people can’t always communicate using speech. And, even when I’m not being overloaded, I can become fully nonverbal. I do not believe that me going nonverbal always has to do with overload.
Typed communication is real communication. -Emily Frost
So, I will go fully nonverbal sometimes. This does not mean I can’t communicate. I can still type everything that I want to say (as I usually do.) I guess this will be something about my disabilities that I won’t understand for now.
Summary: I am usually pretty much nonverbal, yet somewhat able to use speech to communicate. However, there are times when I go fully nonverbal and I can only communicate by typing.