Yes! Autistic children think differently. They have different perceptions, different paradigms, and different ideology. The super abilities of their minds compel them to think about this world in a whole new perspective.
In order to perceive how autistic children think, first we need to live deeper inside their minds and discover their secrets. We need to discover what they are actually seeing which we are not believing.
Absence of Verbal Language
Autistic children do not rely on verbal language. Because, verbal language takes them away from the reality and distract their concentration. That's why, we often find that autistic children are usually not cordial, and they like to live their lives as loners.
For autistic children, language is like a hurdle. It straitens their mind and subdues their feelings … In a way, it's true too. Researchers have already concluded that, verbal language breaks our connection with the natural world. Because, verbal language is formed by our limited thinking. And, our limited thinking divests 90 percent meanings of the reality.
Now, here one question definitely arises.
· Why is our thinking responsible for the loss of 90 percent of the reality?
Well, when you get the authentic answer of this question, you automatically understand the way autistic children think. It gets easier for you to read autistic children's minds and connect with them emotionally & psychologically …
90 Percent Reality
Our reality is our belief. And, our belief is what our society has taught us. For example, according to us, chair is just a chair, painting is just a painting, and a thunderstorm is just a thunderstorm. That's it.
However, this is just the 10 percent of the reality. This is just our belief.
If you ask an autistic child, who is obsessed with chairs, he can tell you 100 percent of the reality. He can tell you what he is exactly seeing. Because, his mind does not filter the information. He does not think in the terms of society. When he sees some chair, he notices the quality of the wood, beautiful textures, amazing patterns, shades of lighting, artistic structure, and the class of smoothness. He in fact notices the background of the chair too. All these things, which exist in the reality, always appear inside his mind whenever he looks at the chair.
On the other hand, when we look at some chair, we just notice its overall beauty. We shun 90 percent of the detail.
In a way, we completely miss 90 percent of the reality. Our minds filter the information and allow us to absorb only that information which is necessary. But, this is not the case with autistic children. Autistic children's minds do not have filters. Their minds absorb each and every detail. In other words, they see the whole reality.
A few years back, I met with an autistic kid who was obsessed with thunderstorms. Thunderstorms were exciting and thrilling for him. He used to record the sounds of thunderstorms. He showed me the collection of his obsession and amazed me too with the sound and visual variety of thunderstorms … The things which he told me about thunderstorms were quite astonishing and new for me too.
After hearing his description, and after gaining new knowledge about thunderstorms, I realized that there are hundreds of things which we never notice when we talk about thunderstorms.
The same thing happens when we visit some art gallery. We adore the artistic side of painting-artists, because painting-artists help us to see those things which stay hidden from us. In a way, they introduce a new world in front of us.
It feels like their minds' filters are also absent like autistic children.
So, if your child is able to see 100 percent of the reality, how can you expect him to reveal his feelings through verbal language? Because, verbal language only translates 10 percent of the feelings, or reality.
Autistic children see and hear what is actually there. They experience 100 percent of the reality. That's why, they look different to us.
If you want to know, how autistic children think, then you need to look at the world through their perspective. You can do this by focusing, and giving importance, to the details. Notice the colors of the grass. Hear every chirp of the birds. Feel the softness of your towel with your hands, every time, after taking shower. The more you notice the details, the more you understand how autistic children think.
When you drink water after staying thirsty for an entire day, the taste of water becomes heavenly. An autistic child experiences this same heavenly taste every time whenever he drinks water. The intensity of the taste holds the same for him. It never dileutes.