Below are some questions/phrases that I will use while trying to converse with the autistic children in Kunming, China.  These are only a few out of many phrases that I will prepare.  I know all these sentences by heart, but I wrote the translation below for those who cannot understand.

志愿者我跟孤独症孩子说话

你喜欢做什么?

What do you like?

你住在哪儿?

Where do you live?

你是哪少数民族?

What is your minority?

你喜欢不喜欢养宠物?

Do you like animals?

你喜欢狗吗?你喜欢猫吗?

Do you like dogs? Cats? 

我觉得你很聪明!

I think you are very smart!

你比我聪明!

You are smarter than me!

你很漂亮!

You are very pretty!

你很可爱! 

You are very cute!

你跟我一起画画。

Let’s draw together.

给我画一个故事。

Draw me a story.

画画你昨天做什么了。

Draw what you did yesterday.

I once saw a story on the news about a dog really helping an autistic child with communication.  The parents even communicated with their child through the dog!  It was a very interesting thing to see because the autistic child would not really talk with his parents except when they would “pretend” to be the dogs voice.   I know this is extremely unlikely, but I would looove to bring a nice trained dog with me to volunteer sometime.  All the dogs I have seen here in China are usually small, very obedient and never on a leash.   I heard that one of the Chinese teachers at the Keats School has 8 dogs…  MAYBE I will able to arrange that somehow… on some days…

I have also heard from my Chinese teacher that one autistic person drew his entire trip to New York.  I actually remember seeing that on the news!  I immediately learned how to say the last sentences above.  If I can communicate with the children through drawing and art that will be very helpful!

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  1. !U,liang hao ! =)

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about image Henna Jurca is a Senior at Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a major in Asian Studies and minor in Chinese. Henna will be volunteering and studying through the Keats School in Kunming, China."