An autistic nonverbal reveals life secrets from the profound silence that holds us all. These secrets shape every person’s reality and potential. Yet most of humanity is unaware of them because of the depths of isolation required for discovery. Author John Smyth, age 21, was regarded as mentally incompetent and without potential for contribution to society less than 5 years ago. Yet he taught himself to read at age 3, perceived all of life around him with extraordinary sensory accuity, and, after 16 ½ years of isolation, entered the world of communication. In this book, John shares how embracing these discoveries has enabled him to grow from the depths of despair and resignation to a life of gratitude and accomplishment. Intimately familiar with the challenges of autistics who cannot speak and the depth of their self-esteem issues, John’s words guide with insights that can facilitate and speed nonverbal journeys to healing and effectiveness. Others struggling for their place in the world will also benefit greatly, and several “normals” have also commented that this book provides powerful tools for everyone.To John, the nonverbal have advantages over the normals who live in a world of shallow chatter. He encourages nonverbals to claim their uniquely special place given by their gifts, passion, and the depth of their relationship with the Silence. Other books by this author John will soon release books titled Every Child Can be Saved, The 7 Houses of Our Being, and The Way of the Nonverbal. Stay in touch by joining his free membership site at www.AuthenticJohn.com.
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John Smyth is a 21 year old expert in autism, isolation, and escape from isolation to a life of contribution. Diagnosed with severe autism, communication disorder and seizure disorder, John lost his speech to regressive autism at about 20 months of age and became nonverbal. Until the age of 16 ½ he was unable to communicate even his most basic needs. His public school system and other professionals tested him to have the mind of a 3 three year-old. He was placed in life skills for most of his education, having taken a couple of years off to do Verbal Behavior Therapy in a private setting. At the age of 16 ½ John began taking lessons in Supported Typing. To his parents’ complete surprise, he began communicating age appropriate thoughts immediately. In the 4 ½ years since that time, John has: • Nearly completed a Core 40 diploma from an accredited high school with inclusion in a general education setting, He graduates in December 2015. • Successfully passed state End of Course Assessment (ECA) exams, some with very high scores and without having completed all of the coursework before testing beyond state requirements. • Authored a regular column in his school newspaper. • Accomplished a nearly straight A average. • Co-founded Saved By Typing, a charitable organization with outreach to the nonverbal autistic and with national influence. • Participated directly or indirectly in the discovery of at least 50 nonverbal autistic’s voices and in the matriculation of several to general education settings. • Successfully served many dozens of parents, persons with nonverbal autism, behaviorists and other professionals who work with the nonverbal population. o mentor and teacher– has counseled and been counseled by dozens of nonverbal persons as well as hundreds of normal persons, including behaviorists, teachers, and parents. o encourager, forgiver, and community builder, with Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King and Wilbur Wilberforce as his heroes o author and presenter John plans to attend college beginning in January 2016 to pursue a major in pastoral leadership and a minor in peace and justice. He has declared a commitment to advocacy for educational rights for the nonverbal autistic in general education during his college years. Learn more about him at www.AuthenticJohn.com and the charity he co-founded www.savedbytyping.com.
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