nonverbal autistics

Anonymous asked:
I’m not the anon from before, but the previous anon you answered asked something that I’ve also wondered about. I am autistic, but I notice that some autistic people are entirely nonverbal. The ones that never speak and are unable to speak, they don’t just go nonverbal. This would be more on the severe side of autism, but I do wonder what it’s like to never have the ability to speak. Do you know anything about this or why?
autismproblems answered:
I myself am not nonverbal. I think “more severe” might be an oversimplification- some people who are nonverbal have less cognitive problems than me, and are better at job skills, activities of daily living, reading people, understanding language, you name it. I think even categorizing people as “nonverbal” or “verbal” is an oversimplification, because most people who get categorized as “nonverbal” can make some speech sometimes and most people who get categorized as “verbal” have some autism related speech difficulties sometimes, even if these things get ignored. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have used those words, I’m just acknowledging that there are no perfect categories.
Two nonverbal autistic people I know of are @lysikan and Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, who has written multiple books, which go into what it is like for him. I am sure there are many others. I know nonverbal autistic people sometimes talk about having trouble connecting their brain to their mouth, or thinking in something other than language. I think there are no perfect explanations for why humans are the way they are.
Also, studies show that autistic people are more likely to have apraxia of speech. Apraxia is a problem with motor planning that makes it hard to initiate and plan out movements, especially intentional movements. If it’s severe, apraxia of speech can make someone nonverbal.

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