RJ also asked us to share a fact about autism for each of us.
Some people with autism might not speak or have fairly limited speech. They may understand what people say to them but prefer to use alternative forms of communication, such as sign language.
I don't have personal experiences in my own family about autism, but having knowledge of it is very important to me as I teach children in an English language school. The training we had to take before we taught classes included child psychology and children with special needs, including autism.
In this occasion I would also like to share with you an experience of one of my colleagues, Dyah Puspita. Dyah was an English teacher, too, and a psychologist. But she stopped teaching in the institution where I work to concentrate on her own school for children with special needs. Her son, Ikhsan, is autistic, and they had to go through such a hard time in the past. She has a blog HERE where she writes mostly about her son, but it's in my native language. She also wrote two books about her experience, also in Indonesian language. HERE is her Goodreads page.
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A bit pimping now, here is my story from Torquere, What Lies Beneath.
On Dylan's birthday, his friends give him a chocolatey surprise -- a night at a private gay club, starring Jarrett, the most beautiful stripper he's ever seen. The pair have an obvious connection, but Dylan's hiding a big secret.
Jarrett has a rule: Never fall for a client. But Dylan is cute, and sweet, and Jarrett is only human, okay? But when the past comes back to haunt Dylan, will Dylan push him away, or will he help Dylan conquer his fears once and for all?