These examples reveal that he has basic communication limits, you might say. He is not openly communicative. He holds his thoughts and ideas inside a lot. Also, he is not socially oriented, and has tendencies toward seclusion. He also appears to be "unreachable" at times, or rather unavailable to others. Discipline and training often took years of repetition, and reinforcement to even see a response in him. Removing privileges, like the computer would seem to be having no effect, but over time, he would eventually decide that he liked it better when he had the privilege and would respond to the requirements. Frustratingly, it sometimes took years before I would see this "breakthrough" and the requirement became habit. It took a lot of patience.
Sometimes, as he began to open up, it seemed he only did so when he was at the point of utter frustration, and I began to realize that when he finally did let me in to his thoughts, it was going to be something I didn't like hearing. Happy thoughts would never be shared. Only those driven out of him by frustration. His kindergarten teacher was concerned because he never spoke. At that point, I wasn't concerned. He seemed fine at home. He talked when I had him alone. But, she told me everyday that he wouldn't talk. Finally, after about 2 months, I got a phone call at work saying he had talked, and he was in the principal's office. He had stated that he wanted to be the line leader, including a curse word for emphasis. He had added the complaint that the same little girls always got to be the line leader. Imagine that. Your child finally speaks and it lands him in the office. :) You can picture him, I am sure, waiting all those weeks to be chosen line leader before becoming frustrated and saying something. It could have been avoided simply had he asked up front how to get to be line leader. But, that didn't happen because he wasn't communicating with the one who could help him get what he wanted.
In his late teens and High School, he developed a strong interest in Football, as an observer, and fact gatherer. We went to games, but he had a difficult time with the noise level of the crowds at the game, so we often sat at the end of the bleachers where it wasn't as crowded. But, that and the cellphone became avenues for communication with him. He would talk about football, and he would text and reply to texts. His teacher at school would text back and forth with him even on the weekends. When he would come into the classroom on Game Day, she would have something written on the board encouraging her team on, to be sure to get Travis' attention, since he is an ardent Georgia fan. He began to interact with her on that level in a joking manner, and became quite conversant outside the house. Overall, communication habits are something he has had to develop much more slowly than most people.
As you can see, this is often the way we are with God. We frequently don't ask for the things we want before they become big problems. We don't talk to Him on a daily basis. We don't include Him in our thoughts. We ignore His prodding efforts to speak to us. We don't tell Him what we see. We don't call out to Him in the silence of an empty room. We become unreachable, as if He weren't speaking at all. We isolate ourselves and withdraw from him for six days at a time, coming to church on the seventh. At times, it seems we are almost totally blinded to the Spiritual world.
Below is a video of Christophe Duffey, a ten year old boy who is both moderately autistic and blind. He was adopted before his musical talents were known. He sings and, well you will have to listen to the ironic choice of songs in this video. "Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord!"