Memories of Michael: Mike Makes a Sign (~1993)

When I saw Mike do the hand sign for ‘drink’, I was amazed. I never thought he could learn. His learning was temporary though. Just like some of his learning as a baby, this behavior disappeared after a little while.

Lost in the Noise

I thought of new metaphor to explain my relationship with my older brother, Michael, while looking at some videotapes that I took of him in the 1990s. Mike is autistic, low functioning and has never spoken. A metaphor I often used was: “Relating to my brother Michael is like beating my head against a brick […]


I already explored two of the ways I describe my brother on this blog: Autistic, a hot topic everywhere; low functioning (formerly known as retarded), so today’s post will be about the quality of being ‘nonverbal’. There seems to be a range of verbality – a term I just coined. In ‘Jack’s scale’, which I […]

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