Utter Autism

January 14, 2008

Adrian Unplugged

The Dynavox V battery can just barely make it through most school days.  By the time we get there to pick him up, it’s finished. I began sending the plug in every day and asked the staff to find time to charge it a bit while in school so that we can have it available on the commute home. 

It’s been hit or miss.  I understand that the school day is busy and it takes time and effort to retrieve the plug from the bag and find a convenient time to plug it in.  But more than once we’ve had to abort after school errands or had a rough ride home because Adrian’s voice has run out of juice.  Adrian makes it clear he finds this frustrating by putting my hand on the machine, shaking it or yelling about it.  Who can blame him? 

Today we attempted an after school visit to the dentist.  But before we’d even arrived, the power ran out on his Dynavox.  He let me know it was off by yelling and shaking it.  Needless to say, the dental appointment never happened.  Adrian’s frustration level quickly escalated and I was helpless to stop it.  I sat in the car outside the office holding the dead device thinking, “All we need is some power!  I could fix all this if I just had some power!” 

Not so long ago we didn’t have the device.  Adrian had no voice.  Now to be without it, for even a short time is simply torture for both of us.  Amazing how quickly things change.

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  1. […] Dentist Day Filed under: AAC, Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Autism, Communication Device, Dynamic Display Devices, Dynavox, Dynavox V pages, Family Life With Autism, Parenting Autistic Children — Carol @ 12:14 pm So today was our re-scheduled dentist appointment after last attempt’s disaster. […]

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