Communication is one of the things I never stop thinking about. Yesterday Elizabeth came again and we had another wonderful time together. I asked her caregiver to assist my typing again and it worked great again. It worked well for Amy and Elizabeth too. I wanted to share this because people have been asking me again about how I learned to type and communicate my thoughts. It is something I have written about in How I Communicate. You can find it at the top of my blog.
When Elizabeth went home, Amy, Mom and I decided to write some more about the details of learning to facilitate typing with me. It was amazing how much information we had when we talked about it together. I wrote a lot of it and they added their information. We are planning on using it to teach my caregivers and friends how to assist me in communicating better.
We want to have more people use my keyboard. It will help me so much and give my Mom a break. I know after having Kristen be able to do it really easily that it’s not impossible for others to learn it. But it’s been hard to describe how to do it. I think the information will help a lot. We will be making a video too.
This is a poem I wrote today for my Mulberry Poets Group that meets on Thursdays.
Thoughts In My Head
Talk is cheap they say
It comes so easily off the tongue
It rolls around mouths and exits into people’s ears
forming thoughts in the listening heart
Talk is cheap for those who never think twice
about making sounds that form words
Words that form other people’s opinions
But for those of us who have no words others can hear,
their thoughts are formed by our appearance
by our lack of words
never seeing beyond the visible
to hear the hearts who live in silence
who live in bodies that betray their intellect
I say talk is cheap, but thoughts are expensive
Thoughts formed without questions hurt many.
August 3, 2011