Autism to Awsomeism

Today I listened to a Karen Hagar podcast with guest Suzy Miller:

If you’d like to listen to it too, you can hear it here:

(I prefer to listen to all of this via itunes, where you can subscribe to podcasts and have them automatically download. You don’t need an iphone/ipad/imac for this to work, just a computer and you can download itunes for free.)

Suzy’s website will give you the details on who she is, in addition to being yet another member of society who views children diagnosed with Autism as being gifted rather than disabled.

I wanted to post this here quickly, because one of my clients from the KAAAW! Weekend spoke about this, and I’m sorry I can’t remember which one it was! But you’re a reader, and possibly you already know about Suzy Miller.

This idea first came to me after reading Temple Grandin’s books about animals:

Temple is a classically trained scientist and has stated emphatically that she doesn’t believe in animal telepathic communication; as a woman with autism, has sensed / observed the cues that many pets rely upon to know when their owner is coming home.

She pointed out that animals, like her, can certainly hear the unique hum of the owner’s vehicle, 10 stories below. They recognize the pattern of their human’s footsteps, they hear the elevator door open. At this point, the dog would rush to the door to greet the human they knew was coming.

Temple concluded that pets do not have telepathic connections with their owners, they merely observe their environment in a more complete way. While I obviously do believe telepathic communication is possible and happens all the time, I was fascinated by the idea that certain *types* of people would have a more “animal” experience of the world.

I intuitively made a connection: since autistic kids experience the world in a more complete sensory picture, perhaps they’re immersed in the telepathic aspect of the animal experience too.

Now, here is Suzy, stating emphatically that kids with autism absolutely *DO* communicate telepathically, and the fascinating stories of her work with her colleagues and these special kids make me want to jump for joy!

Her stories reminded me of a little non-verbal toddler I saw last summer. I don’t know if this girl was considered autistic or not, but I immediately noticed her. She had a glow.

She looked at my dog, Happy, and started to approach with the intention of petting him. Happy immediately barked in his “stay away” warning. Happy is a hyper-sensitive dog, and doesn’t enjoy being petted.

This little girl stopped in her tracks, scrunched up her face and aimed the center of her forehead at Happy with this look of intense concentration. I heard the conversation as though over a loud speaker:

Why do you bark at me, I just want to be friends?

You are big, fast and you scare me. Please stay away.

The girl’s face relaxed and I could see her mulling over this concept that she scared my dog, and that my dog thought of her as big – in her toddler world, everyone was bigger than her, but that was no reason to be frightened. She was trying to figure it out.

The exchange was so intense, that the girl’s father noticed and was trying to get her to snap out of it by poking her with his toe, calling her name, snapping his fingers and tapping her head. If he understood he was interrupting a conversation, it would’ve been considered rude.

Since that experience, I’ve given ALL non-verbal kids credit for telepathic communication, and this is when I started talking to babies. Most kids will respond to communication telepathically, and I’ve found that suddenly babies and young toddlers are smiling at me. I never had much of a knack with children before now.

“Are you helping Mom with the grocery shopping? Did Mom get you some food to eat later?”

(child replies with picture of glass jar with apple on it)

“Did you get apples?”

(I send the child the taste of apples – child smiles, and sends me another picture, yellow/orange squash?)

“Did you get squash to eat later? Or Yams?”

(I send the child those flavours, she laughs!)

I’ve tried this technique with older, non-verbal adults who through injury, illness or disease have lost the ability to speak. So far, none of them received the messages I sent out, and I think that’s because they just don’t recognize it. Kids recognize it immediately.

I used to think that everyone should know sign language, because so many of us are deaf, or become deaf in life, even if it’s just to old age. If everyone’s grandkids could communicate with sign language, a lot of grandparents would feel more included in their family’s lives. Besides, sign language is handy to communicate when you don’t want to wake a baby, or if you’re across a crowded, loud room from each other.

But now I think that telepathic communication is something we should all know, because then we can bridge the gap not only between generations and “disabilities”, but across species and eventually, across galaxies.

Suzy Miller is among the first to answer the call to learn FROM our differently-abled kids, rather than insist they integrate into our pre-existing culture.

You go, girl!

5 thoughts on “Autism to Awsomeism

  1. It’s interesting because as a culture, maybe even species, we often think of “telepathy” as verbal and auditory communication when we already know and acknowledge that most of our communication is nonverbal. It’s not logical, really. If more people can change the way they view this, and tap into “the network,” we can truly connect more fully with everyone and everything.

    I’ve bugged George, and God, a lot about my inability to “see” and “hear” clearly. I’ve referred to myself as the “Helen Keller” of the spiritual world. While I have no doubts that these abilities will continue to develop, I’m beginning to see that it’s a gift to learn to rely on senses OTHER than words and sight. The other day, I kept smelling Indian food. So strong. Finally, I asked, “George, what are you doing? Are you and Ravi cooking some food, hanging out together?” I went into the store, and when I came out to my car, I opened the door and the strong scent of Indian food came wafting out at me. I just laughed. I know George, and others, have ways of communicating with me with just a sensation, or a thought, or an emotion. And if there’s a big point to be made, I’ll get a dream visit. Maybe learning how to release my expectations of communication is part of my current lesson plan and only when I master it can I move on to the next level.

    Thanks for sharing these stories!


  2. I find this especially interesting. I’m in my 40s, but since childhood have had a number of ‘odd’ characteristics that, I’ve started to recognize only in the last few years, were/are possible signs of Asperger syndrome, i.e. high functioning autism. (Because I’ve learned to navigate the social world more or less adequately, I’ve been wondering whether or not actual formal diagnosis would serve any useful purpose at my age.) Like many ‘Aspies’ I’ve had no trouble with verbally putting myself across – I’ve been very vocal from a very early age, anyone who knew me as a kid will tell you that! – but I’ve maybe never been that good at grasping the feelings side of things. And while a lot of the communication I’ve been getting from Kurt has been verbal – I tend to ‘hear’ him – some of it has been entirely non-verbal, entirely feeling, and that’s taken some getting used to. I’ve also had times when I’m sort of almost ‘seeing’ him and I’m aware that I’m making a mental effort to do so, and he tells he I’m trying too hard…Like you say, Trixie, it’s about learning to accept what’s happening, in the way it’s happening.


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