Speech should not be an indicator of intelligence
The Sisu Hub focuses on providing age appropriate tutoring to all non-speaking, minimally- and unreliably-speaking individuals. We presume competence regardless of motor and regulation difficulties.
Speech should not be an indicator of intelligence. All individuals are unique, have their own personalities, preferences and voices.
The Hub’s supposition in this regard is that Autism should be viewed as a neurological condition that affects sensory and motor development and that intellectual and cognitive ability should not be questioned. Methods in tutoring and assessment are multi-tiered, and take the body-mind disconnect into account.
Presuming competence throughout all interactions with individuals ensures that tutoring on an age-appropriate level takes place. As motor skills improve, assessment of cognitive abilities (not motor) can then be achieved.
Autistics, just like neurotypical individuals, learn best when valued, and will excel when challenged and supported.