Two days ago Matt and I had a lunch and learn except there was no lunch and it was actually at 9AM. Nonetheless the concept was still the same; to share with the group information about TouchPoint and to let them hear a little about my experiences on the spectrum.
This go round the audience was not doctors but rather counselors and one psychologist. I didn't know what to expect going in because I often feel this group feels as if they know it all, but wow, was I in for a surprise.
We were scheduled for 45-60 minutes and we talked TouchPoint, but at some point in time, maybe it was when I stated my "Cement Theory", the volley of questions started.
The next hour-and-a-half was amazing. The room of 14 asked questions I had never been asked and it forced me to look within myself to come up with answers. This group was craving my insights and it was probably the highlight of my year so far. Why? It once again proves that there are people out there willing to listen. I don't know why I think everyone thinks they know it all, but this group truly wanted to know everything they could so they could better serve their clients who are on the spectrum.
As I had said, we were scheduled for just around an hour, but I was in shock when we wrapped up and the clock read 11:30. It had been 2 1/2 hours! If it weren't for the fact that people had places to go and people to see I probably still would be in discussions. In fact, one guy said about this presenation, "This is the best thing I have ever done in my career!"
With each of these events I am getting more and more confident; not just in my speaking abilities but also in other people. Maybe the tide is turning and I think that there are more professionals out there that want to know the right information about autism than those that don't really care. I can tell you that the ones that want to know truly care and want to do the best they can to understand it. I can't wait for each and every chance I get to have a presentation like I did two days ago.