First Words on Babies – Netflix

I was just watching episode 4 of this series after watching about love and food in previous episodes. It has things inside it like babies responding to the musicality of language to help them differentiate between the sounds that not only make up different words but separate languages too. I realised that this perhaps why English is so difficult to learn as it’s now so flat. It used to be quite accentuated but then you also have the problem of the proper official way spoken in businesses but in homes it’s much more relaxed. I’ve dealt with this a lot and written about this quite extensively.

The most interesting thing that they have found which I didn’t realise is that you have to be aware of your body to be able to move the speech muscles before you can learn to speak. This is why there is quite a gap between understanding a language which happens quite early on and speaking a (foreign) language which many are never able to do. Speech as well as being a highly mental and psychological skill, is also a motor skill.

Autistic people are known for there lack of speech or poor speech. This is not through a lack of intelligence or practice but it could be there being overwhelmed by there environment. I know this is frequently the case with me. Once you have dealt with that and there is still a lack of speech though, you have to start looking at other avenues.

Autistic people quite frequently do not know what there body is doing. Sometimes it’s bad enough to be diagnosed with dyspraxia as in the inability to coordinate their movements. However sometimes it’s just simple things like not being able to do things that require you to feel instead of being able to see. Like putting on a seat belt in a packed car, putting on a necklace underneath your hair or putting on a bra every morning with hands that cramp up if you don’t initially get the hooks in. Which are often bent so that this becomes an activity that takes much longer than you would expect for something that is done on a daily basis from being a teen.

I was a very small child. I was probably underweight but I hated the cold and exercise. It was later found I had inverted hips and knees which causes issues when running. I now have a metal plate in my leg due to an earlier accident. This means my running has worsened as it activates itself in cold weather. Since we have had a major storm for the past 3 weekends here, I can feel it right now. I can also feel it in extreme heat when I’m walking too. So my motor skills can be so what impaired depending on climatic conditions. The amusing thing now though is that I do have musculature due to autistics being quite masculine in both brain and body.

What this all means is that if your too busy compensating from a lack of balance or your drinking/masking so that you can function in a social situation; there isn’t enough energy or brain power left for you to be able to talk in a sensible manner if you can say anything at all.

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  1. My experience is that I have terrible proprioception, eye hand coordination and no rhythm. I don’t have a precise sense of where the parts of my body without looking at them. This made touch typing impossible and dancing awkward. It also makes sports where the precise position and movement of ones body is critical an extremely difficult proposition. And if you don’t have an accurate picture of where everything is you come off as clumsy. You will bang into things others avoid.

    There were some sports I could be very good at. Weightlifting, and running, might have been areas I could shine in. The poor performance in other sports caused me to simply give up. The students who got all the attention were those who naturally excelled in football, baseball and basketball.

    Being unable to form normal social relationships was another factor. If nobody wants to play with the weird kid, he’ll never get all the elementary school athletic experience the rest of his cohort did.


  2. I was looking for proprioception but I couldn’t find it so I didn’t include it in the article. I know the clumsy feeling as I bump into stuff all the time and then wonder where those bruises came from!


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