Thank you for supporting me in my journey to teach about love.
I consider myself a classic extrovert, however I am managing from a non-verbal body. I am constantly challenged to process sensory stimuli, and often this tends to direct several of my behaviors.
Below are a few tips as we become more acquainted:
Sometimes I put my hands over my ears. This does not necessarily mean something is too loud – it often means that I am excited. Covering my ears is something I do to self-regulate how much “excitement” to let in. (Example: Have you ever had to look away or leave the room during the final seconds of a close Broncos game? It is as if you simply can’t take in all the emotions of the moment. This is the same concept.)
I often choose to stand in the periphery of a room to listen and observe. I assure you, I am taking it all in from the margins of the experience.
My body “craves’ sensory input – just like you might crave a deep body massage. So, sometimes I might take your hand and “ask” you to rub my back, neck or hands. This helps me “organize” my body.
I fully understand everything going on around me. Even though my expressive communication is limited to pointing, clapping, and the Facilitated Communication method discussed today. I do not understand or use standard sign language.
I have a heightened awareness of people’s emotions and can sometimes become overwhelmed in large crowds when emotions – happy or sad – are prominent. Therefore, I may need some downtime after today’s message. Please don’t be offended if I am unable to return your hug today.
My ability to have a conversation via typing is still evolving. I am processing many sensory “inputs” therefore my “output” takes time. Feel free to leave me a note and I will respond via email after I have time to process.
Download a pdf of these Tips for the Audience from Holly.
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Holly loves to help people understand more deeply how to communicate with people who are disabled. “Love is always the answer”, Holly types…..