How Do I Spell in the First Place?

by Ian Aronow  (Video Excerpt of Me Spelling for This Post)

Hi.  I have been home without one visitor my whole life, metaphorically “spelling” (see how I did that?).  My RPM is everything to me.  Do you want to understand how I work to spell in the first place?

Number one:  My mom has to mindfully design a lesson to engage my mind and body. This requires much effort, not to mention time.

Spelling does not come easily for my body.  Can you imagine people without brains doing anything?  My brain and body are disconnected.  It takes massive effort to free my hand from impulsive movement to get it to perform the basic task of doing motion that you think is easy.  Having my main goal of maintaining bodily control is the number two idea you must value.  Can you deal with being harmed by my flailing body?  Because my mom has to do that– wanting to form each movement into all part of muddling toward the eventual sound of my inner voice.

Number three:  I have to really work every day. I want to just pick up (dear friends), that damn pencil and share every thought I may have in the moment.  But I need to be calling each letter one by one.  Every thought must be brought to bear in intense ways toward the surface.

You just delved into an autistic guy’s brain, but you didn’t even begin to delve all the way.  Can you stick around for more?  I hope you do.

I am gratefully yours,



10 thoughts on “How Do I Spell in the First Place?

  1. pam lasky

    Ian I love your blog and look forward to reading and sharing your story. I hope you write a book and expect to see you tell your story on national tv someday. Bless you Ian and bless your mom and family for digging deep and believing in you!

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  2. Jake

    I feel like you are a whole new person from when I first met you at Josha’s RPM vacation in Colorado. Though I guess you’re not a new person, but a person more fully expressed! I’m loving who you are and who you are becoming, and glad that you are able to share that beautiful, true side of yourself with us. Keep at it. Keep growing. And always remember you have so many people wishing you all the best!

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  3. Mike Taylor

    Amazing Ian, You can do this! My teenage son Dylan Taylor from Nova Scotia has autism and has come so far, just like you. Check him out on Facebbook when you are ready.He loves to make new friends. Have a great day!


  4. Jim Arkison

    Ian, you have come so far in just the short time I have known you. I truly believe this is just the beginning for you. I keep getting the image of a bird finally able to break through the egg’s shell. The sky is yours.

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