Utter Autism

July 19, 2008

Exciting Development

My husband came upstairs the other day and said,

“Adrian just typed out Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin without looking at anything with those words on it.”

These are two of his favorite movies and he accesses them on his computer by sight reading them.  So I wasn’t shocked to hear he’d used them.  But then I thought about it. 

He typed them without looking at anything else and spelled them correctly. 

First, this means that not only can he learn to sight read words – he can learn to reproduce them.  And if he can reproduce them, he can learn to use them.  There’s a whole lot of hope in that statement and if you’re not the parent of a non-verbal child you may have missed it. 

While being able to use programmed vocabulary is great, it still limits what he can say.  The ultimate goal is to teach him to read and write so he can type his own spontaneous, unique messages – to be able to say what ever he wants to say, whenever he wants to say it. 

So what did we do next?  I opened Adrian’s keyboard page on his Dynavox V.  And he began typing…

LUNE

Lune?  I couldn’t figure out what he meant.  He thought for a second, went into his ‘time for’ page and looked there, then when back to the keyboard screen and typed…

LUNCH

He could have just hit the lunch button but he didn’t.  He typed it.  Could it be that he really recognizes the power of all those letters?  This is one exciting development 🙂

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8 Comments »

  1. Good grief! That’s phenomenal. What a breakthrough.
    Best wishes

    Comment by Maddy — July 19, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

  2. That is great. I am a special educator and have worked with the dynavox before. This is probably just the start for your child. Keep encouraging it! This is a wonderful time when you see your child starting to generate their own words!

    Comment by Kimberly — July 20, 2008 @ 6:55 am

  3. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

    Comment by Carol — July 20, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  4. That is sooo awesome!!! Those are not the easiest of words to spell. 🙂

    Comment by FXSmom — July 20, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  5. Yeah Adrian! That’s incredible – I can’t wait to hear what he’s doing next =)

    Comment by Cammie — July 21, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  6. I am and am not surprised!!! He has always been incredibly smart and it is coming together for him. Carol, I remember your journey with the school district to get his AT device going. Go Adrian!!!!! 🙂 Go MOM!!!

    Comment by Barbara — July 24, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  7. Go Adrian!! Keep up the good work Kiddo. I am so proud of you:)

    Comment by Serina — July 29, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

  8. Adrian, I knew you had it in yeah, and most of all Thank YOu God for answering a Grandma’s Prayer!

    Comment by Grandma Nancy — August 4, 2008 @ 7:08 pm


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