Ian communicating about happiness with Elizabeth, using RPM

This is another transcript from one of Ian’s RPM lesson with Elisabeth Vosseller. She is doing such amazing work with the RPM technique and it has opened up a such an unimaginable world for Ian and his family. Go to her website www.growingkidstherapy.com to learn more about the wonderful work she is doing with this amazing teaching method.
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We opened up the lesson by listening to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and having a little dance party.Who is this song by? PHARRELL WILLIAMS
Do you know what movie it is from? DESPICABLE MEHere are some quotes on happiness. What do these quotes mean to you? 

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
YOU CAN CHOOSE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT LIFE, UNHAPPY OR JOYFUL, FEARFUL OR BRAVE, VIOLENT OR PEACEFUL, OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO BE.

Who was Abraham Lincoln? PRESIDENT WHO FREED THE SLAVES

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi
MY HAPPINESS IS LOVING MY LIFE PARTICULARLY WHEN IT IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS IT IS RIGHT NOW.

Who was Gandhi? INDIAN MAN OF PEACE

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin 
FOR YOU TO BE HAPPY, YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT.

Who was Benjamin Franklin? AMERICAN STATESMAN

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” Helen Keller
BEING AUTISTIC DOES NOT LIMIT MY HAPPINESS. I SIMPLY EXPERIENCE HAPPINESS HAV ING A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY WHO LOVES ME.

Who was Helen Keller? A BLIND AND DEAF WOMAN
Creative Writing: What is your philosophy of happiness? Create a “User’s Guide to Happiness!” Be sure to state your definition of happiness and how one might achieve and sustain happiness! 

MY GUIDE TO HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS IS HAVING THE LIGHT OF LOVE SHINING AND BEING ABLE TO SEE IT. ABLE NOT TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE NOT AND PUTTING YOURSELF IN SOMEONE’S LIFE. AVOID COMPARING YOUR LIFE TO SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE. THIS IS HOW WE CAN ACHIEVE HAPPINESS. THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS TO ENJOY THE LIFE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN.

Autistic person’s difficulty in communicating

From chapter 9, Frequently asked questions about autism

The reason is that the child doesn’t know there is any other way to be than the way she is. The child finds herself in a foreign country where she doesn’t understand the language that everybody else speaks. She views the world solely as things which surround her but which do not have anything to do with her.

When I was ten and saw that one person could say something that another person could understand, and the other person could reply with something that the first one understood, then I discovered a different reality that I hadn’t known about before.  I saw that it existed but I had no idea how to have that kind of interaction with another person. What I did then was to practice by looking at myself in the mirror until I saw myself, until the state I was in changed to an interaction with myself; my appearance vanished, what I looked at vanished, and it was like something completely different was between me and the mirror image. And then my whole self-image was transformed. To start with this lasted only for a short while and then I returned to my normal way of seeing. But I had seen that the other reality existed, and I could see that the grownups were in it almost continuously. Also, I realized that I had always been separated from it. But when I was in the other state, in the real world, I was no longer separated from myself and from others.