||[Mar. 17th, 2005|12:54 am]
I was wondering if I could get some help on interacting w/ two different people who are one two different levels of autism and also, if I'm right in assuming they *are* autistic (i don't want to be rude). i have a specific reason needing to know and i'll explain once i get some answers that make sense.
The first girl is lori. she seems to be really intelligent, makes eye contact, smiles and laugh and tries to interact with people but gets frustrated because nobody can really understand her. she can take care of herself well enough that she can live on her own but it's obvious she's disabled. she usually has her head tilted down and sideways and more often than not, has her hands drawn up like a bunny, or she holds her right wrist with her left second finger and thumb. sometimes she'll just carress her right hand with her left hand. She likes to have her left palm scratched with things like sharp new keys, long fingernals and forks. She can sit still but prefers to rock. the more excited she is, the harder she rocks. if she gets angry, she'll stomp or rock back to hit her head or hit her head with the side of her hand. she also likes to click her tounge. She *can* talk but prefers not to, mostly saying "muh" (more or mama, nobody can really tell), "nuh" and "buh bye". she really likes techno music.
What confuses me are her motor skills. she grabs for things with her fingers spread wide and sometimes she'll drop whatever she's holding. she can hold small objects as well as big and it doesnt seem difficult to her. she can also type. not peck but type. but she can't write.
what can i do to interact with her? i kind of want to teach her to talk or to write or something. i dont know. she just seems really freaking cool and i want to be her friend. i just don't know how to act around her. and does it sound like she's autistic? i've kind of just assumed she was.
second girl is Kami. she likes to stare at the ceiling. she doesn't seem to realize that there is anyone around her. You can sit her down and she wont move for hours. Other times, she'll just randomly get up and walk away. She doesn't respond much at all, whether you yell at her or just talk to her. like lori, she responds to techno music. is *she* autistic or is it something else? how can i interact with her? I've been told she responds to me more than anybody else so i'm kind of hoping i can help her...i dunno... i really think some interaction would help her.
anybody's responses would be appreciated.