If you've read my articles in the past, I usually talk about my obstacles and something positive comes out of it in the end. This time I'd like to share my thoughts on the importance of communication for people who can't speak the same as you and I.
I've noticed that most people in my situation don't have the opportunity like I do to talk about feelings. They may be too shy, or nervous, or have a disability that prevents them from expressing themselves. Some use sign language or their own way of communicating that they've developed with experience over the years. Sometimes they need to find someone who can understand them and help them communicate.
If you are the person striving to communicate, don't hesitate to speak up or ask another person for assistance in delivering your message. It just makes you stronger in your life.
If you are the person helping to deliver their message, that is a wonderful thing, but don't take it personal if they choose someone different to help them. Sometimes it's not the right fit. It's great that you've offered to help, and are looking out for the person's best interest. So don't give up!!
There are also communication tools that are used to help people speak. These are called augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAV). Some are low-tech and some are high-tech. There are voice recognition programs, picture exchange communication systems (PECS), and eye gaze systems, just to name a few. They are based on the specific person's needs. The focus is on what will work best for you in your life. I encourage you to include your family and friends in the investigation of what works best for you.
Every situation you're put into makes you stronger. After the experience is over, you can look at it and find something you've learned from it. Look back and find the lesson. Then you can say, "Wow!" That's what I always do!
Abneet Dhaliwal is a contributing columnist for Possabilities.
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