Monday, June 23, 2008
The Art of Listening
I watched Autism: The Musical a few months ago and have thought about it off and on since. There is a scene where the young man who is mostly non-verbal starts to communicate using an assistive technology device. The first thing he says to his mom is: "You need to listen more." It was such a powerful moment. As the mom a mostly non-verbal child, I can tell you that I spend a great deal of time trying to understand my son. I watch him like a hawk. I interpret, analyze, infer. And I try to listen with my heart when I remember. But if he could talk would he tell me the same thing? How good am I at listening? I don't know. I really don't know. But I've been thinking about it a lot.