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Hello everyone. It's Colin. Today, I will be blogging about an extremely enlightening conversation I had with Sarah Baca from the New Mexico Autism Society. She had some very intriguing things to say, and, just like in previous blogs, I will include my notes from the interview at the end of this blog. 

One of the things that she said to me that I found was so educational was she said behavior is communication. This stuck out to me because, when I interviewed Elaine Hall from The Miracle Project, she said exactly the same thing. When I say exactly, I mean word for word. The fact that Ms. Baca said this as well as Elaine Hall, my heart filled with joy because, in theatre, behavior is communication as well. That is what acting is all about, and these two fantastic women saying it just confirms that my project is valid, and will change the lives of so many people. 

Another thing that she said that stood out to me because it was very interesting was the use of the iPad in the lives of those on the spectrum. She said that people on the spectrum use it as a tool to get through the times in their lives when they are severely overwhelmed. For instance, when something is too loud for them, or too high stimuli, they will just put on their headphones, and either watch movies, Youtube, or play games to escape from the loudness.

Those were the tings that stood out to me, be sure to stay tuned for more exciting developments!

Colin Miller.

Notes:

What characteristics have you noticed out of people on the spectrum when they get overwhelmed

Each person is different

Stimming

What do you think about the whole idea of my project based on what you have seem out of those on the spectrum?

Do you think that it would be possible for me to go to a session with these people and try to maybe play theatre games with them. 

What is your definition of autism

Complex neurological disorder that prohibits one communication and sensory integration

What do you think would be the best way for me to communicate with the people if I can come in and work with them?

What if you had to pick just one, would be the most beautiful thing that a person whom you work with has ever said to or with you or done to or with you

Playground: little girl pushed him "but it was and accident"

Echolalia type of autism in which one cannot form his or her own sentences and hence repeat what was said to them.

I see a lot of people on the spectrum using I products. How does that assist them?

Tool!!!

Get through days!!!!

Motivators

Communication 

Calmness. 

Colin Miller