Utter Autism

February 12, 2008

Word Up

Filed under: Autism, Family Life With Autism, Parenting Autistic Children — Carol @ 9:11 pm

One of the more frustrating drawbacks of Adrian being non-verbal is that it’s very difficult to determine if he can read.  He’s surprised us many time in the past by navigating through electronics (computer files, cable menus, etc.) seemingly by reading key words as he went.  But there’s really no way to know for certain if it was because the words were meaningful or if he was able to pick up on other clues to get the job done.

Adrian’s interest in books as always been with the pictures.  Occasionally he’ll point to a title on the cover, written in the font from the movie the book is based on.  I always assumed he recognized them as a picture or graphic, not as actual words. 

Tonight Adrian was looking through Disney book, an encyclopedia of sorts.  He brought it to me to show me.  Rather than point out the pictures or characters as he so often does, he pointed to words.  “The Little Mermaid” written in small print, regular font. 

For those of you who just missed that.  He pointed to words!

Yes, the words were special enough, meaningful enough, important enough to warrant drawing attention to them.  He read the words, recognized their value and shared them with me.  This is big. 🙂


  1. Three cheers for the sharing! It’s taken forever and prodding after prodding to get Little Miss to reveal her abilities. She’s still behind but she can read a lot more than she lets on! Little Minx!


    Comment by awalkabout — February 13, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  2. That is so awesome! Yeah for Adrian!

    Comment by Aunt Cammie — February 13, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  3. God’s little miricles are what makes each day so wonderful, God shows His love to us in what seems sometunes to be so unimportant…when they are the greatest and biggest miricles and wonders of all. Adrian has only just begun the miricles God has in store for him and for you as his parents! Hurray for Adrian!!! I hope it got him a treat? If not Grandma will have to send him some…lol

    Comment by Grandma Nancy — February 17, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

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