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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

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Jan 8, 2024

Swarit Gopalan is a 12-year old autistic nonspeaker who uses a letterboard to spell and a keyboard to type to communicate. He lives with his family in Florida and goes to Invictus Academy for school. Swarit is a talented writer and poet who shares his writing on Facebook and Instagram. He is also a passionate advocate for other nonspeaking people. 

During this episode, Swarit talks about:

  • Learning to communicate using a letterboard and keyboard 
  • What inspired him to start writing about his life experiences on social media
  • How he defines dysregulation and how it affects his life
  • Going to school as a nonspeaking student
  • The joy of meeting other nonspeaking people and their families
  • How people can be good friends and allies to nonspeaking people

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