We asked Teo if there were any current event topics he’d like to study.
T: How windmills work.
T: I want to learn more about a couple of social issues. Standing up for gay marriage and also, the Isreal conflict from a Christian perspective.
Q: Why is gay marriage interesting to you?
T: Because having love is imperative to loving yourself.
Q: How do you even know about this issue since we don’t watch the news?
T: I heard while good men talked about it in a restaurant.
Q: Were they gay men?
Q: Were they married?
T: Yes. But their friends couldn’t get married.
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. Where did the summer go? Was there really a month of August? Anyway, I’ll try to bring you up do date with the latest “Teo-isms” and antics over the next few days. Let’s start with the acrostic poems Teo wrote as “thank you” notes to my sister and brother-in-law for letting us stay with them in Bolinas so Teo could attend camp. Also, he made one for his cousin, Frederick, who accompanied him to camp.
B Bolinas just calms me.
O Opens me up so I can give.
L Love you people, my family.
I I am happy right here.
N Now I move here.
A Are you really good?
S Seeds of love are planted.
F Freddie is my dear cousin.
R Raindrop, life descends.
E Energy decides to be happy.
D Dance in the rain.
D Don’t forget I love you.
I I am your little groupie.
E Energy is right for love.
Do you know what folklore is?
YES. FOLKLORE IS STORIES PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.
What are some artifacts that may be found?
BOWL AND CREST
What is a looter?
What are three words you associate with “flying?”
CLAIRE (we went to the airport to pick up Claire when she flew in from Chicago)
How would you define “plaza?”
Later, cousin Frederick (16) was being goofy and running around the house and tickle tackling Teo. I asked what Teo thought of his cousin and he spelled,
FREDERICK OFTEN LIKENS A MADMAN.
Everyone agreed that Matteo perfectly described Freddy, at which he continued to “liken a madman.”
What are two words or phrases you associate with “America?”
MEANT FOR ALL PEOPLE
ROOM TO GROW
The country has room to grow or the people in the country have room to grow?
Teo learned the word “dirigible,” which is basically a blimp. Did you know the Empire State Building has a dirigible landing on it?! He spelled the word perfectly and wrote it neatly. We even tried some cursive writing during the lesson!
Highlights from today’s lessons:
The Golden Gate Bridge separates the ocean from the bay. What are three words that you associate with “ocean?”
People thought that the Golden Gate Bridge couldn’t be built because of earthquakes and wind. Write a sentence using the word “earthquake.”
EARTHQUAKES MAKE ME FEEL RIPPED.
What are two words that mean the same thing as “ripped?”
San Franciscans are stubborn survivors. What does “stubborn” mean?
People travel to San Francisco area for the beauty of its hills and beaches. What are two things you find beautiful?
When you say dates, do you mean girls or the fruit?
There are many diverse faces in San Francisco. What are three words that rhyme with “faces?”
NORTHFACES (Which is a JACKET)
Talking about Chinatown… who created fortune cookies?
What do you think of when you think of Americans?
NOW I THINK OF DENSITY AND MORE LIFE.
What do you mean by density?
Good or bad thing?
GOOD (spelled with the letter board upside down)
Talking about cable cars… What is a patent?
RIGHTS TO AN IDEA
What are three synonyms for the word “tremendous?”
March 2016 After an Art Lesson with Lenae
The call to accomplish art is coming.
I am drawing my life.
The cup is real clear.
I am not curved, I am an angle.
The art is full of elements.
I can design a picture.
We hope you enjoy following our journey through autism as much as we are enjoying it ourselves! Our lives are forever changed as we have been blessed this year with an ability to communicate with our son after 12 years through the use or the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). RPM Soma website We post Teo’s poetry, thoughts on different subjects, answers to submitted questions (he LOVES to talk about how it feels to be autistic or how his brain processes information. FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS!). We’ll also post videos of his public Q and A sessions and his lesson with Lenae, his RPM teacher and his other facilitators. I, as his mother, do not edit his thoughts, vocabulary, etc…Please enjoy! Remember, he’s only 12 years old so please keep your comments positive and encouraging. Teo is a young man with a Mission…to be a voice for autistics who have yet to find a way to communicate their thoughts and to (in his words…) “spread the truth about autism.” Thanks for visiting us!