Updated: Sep 6, 2022
In this space, we want to support education, communication, purposeful movement and activity for our community/students. We envision this blog as a place you can look for information on creating and implementing purposeful motor movement options for your family, as well as advocacy ideas and inspiration. Please plan to return here for activities and ideas for all ages and abilities. We are all in this together!
These first few posts, you will meet the original members of Kaegan's Cohort, known simply as "The Cohort."
FIRST, MEET JULU! Julian is a charter member of the Cohort, a group of Autistic Advocates associated with Keys 4 Autism. Enjoy a few words of introduction and encouragement from someone who knows what it's like to gain communication and autonomy through hard work!
The Ways RPM Helps Me
My name is Julian Alderman Marx, or “Julu” for short. I am 15 years old and live in Fort Collins, Colorado. I go to public high school and am in the tenth grade. I started doing RPM when I was only seven years old. It’s the best thing I have ever done because it has given me a voice even though I can’t speak.
What Do Other Autistics Need to Know?
Having a reliable way to communicate is essential for achieving an excellent quality of life because our capability to “speak” flourishes. Doing RPM is not difficult, but it does require a lot of practice. For anyone considering RPM as a communication method, now is the time to start.
Why Does RPM Work for Me?
Prior to starting RPM, I tried several therapy methods including speech, OT, and ABA. While the people were well-meaning, the therapies did not address my needs. I am smart, but have trouble controlling my body, due to motor control deficiencies. RPM works for me because I can write out my thoughts on the letterboard. It is so liberating to be able to share my thoughts and convey my wants with this method.
I want to improve my skills and I know it will take a lot of work. The hard work will be worth it because it profoundly improves my life.