My Journey from a Non-speaking to Communicating Autist by Navneet Kulkarni

In conversation with Navneet about his autistic journey.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Navneet Kulkarni. I am 17 years old. I am a daydreamer, a poet and an author. Whatever I write, it’s my insight and knowledge of my own imagination.

What are your hobbies and interests?

My hobbies are listed with so many interests. Like jellyfish glance in ocean, my hobbies dance in mind. I love music. I like to hum songs, nurture life by describing nature in my words. Right now, my interest is showing synthesis in understanding human evolution.

How has your journey been so far?

My journey from childhood to adulthood has been from paining to gaining, from losing to winning, from goosebumps to thundering, from not speaking to becoming more communicative with RPM (Rapid Prompting Method).

What are the challenges that you have faced in your journey?

There was so much unaddressed pain and suffering with no ways to express. Lot of sensory overload hitting my mind like a hammer, fire-like feeling in my eyes when hypersensitive. Doors of my mind unopened, full of thoughts and animation around me, dead-like feeling inside me. Being a non-speaker with no way of expressing my thoughts troubled me. Giving my best in motor functioning was failing many times but my parents supported me to overcome challenges.

What has helped you in your journey?

Today, I am onscreen expressing everything - my feelings, my emotions, my intuitions and my imaginations, through this RPM. This is more than life to me because I am communicating.

What do you think would help people with special needs in their journey?

Firstly, showing EMPATHY, NOT SYMPATHY. Secondly, giving time to your child and time to process your commands. Thirdly, talking with them softly and clearly. Your words should reach them more than the sound of your voice. Lastly, keep in mind that your child is happy when you are happy so your happiness is connected with your child. Give positive vibes to your child. Whatever you give, it comes back to you, so keep that in mind.

What message would you like to give people with special needs and their families and friends?

Love and accept your child. They are God's blessing to you. God came in your life in form of a special child because they are pure soul with spiritual signs with always love and affection for every living creature. Don't label your child with disabilities and disorders. Every child is born with some special talents with different skills which parents should observe and support them to explore. Trust your child.

~ Navneet Kulkarni


  1. All the very best in life beta, kudos to you and your parents for staying true to your path, all the very best from the bottom of my heart, may god shower his/her choicest blessings on you!


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