Utter Autism

July 23, 2008

House of Shock

Adrian was looking for attention tonight.  Standing on the furniture, trying to steal Grandma’s glasses, taking my pens and doing what ever else he could think of to get me to pay attention to him.  Dad’s been gone for a few days for work and without my tag team partner, I was feeling kinda tired and ready for a break.

I turned to our Dynavox V to try to distract him from getting attention in negative ways.  With our surprise success the other day, I went into the keyboard screen to see if he’d type something for me.  I wasn’t prepared for what he did.

He typed


and then thought – hard.  It was as though you could see the wheels in his head turning.  He stared off into space, looking for that word in his mind’s eye.  He continued…


By this time he started to close his eyes and squint.  He was just thinking so hard!  He tentatively finished…


and hesitated before he slowly asked the machine to say it.  He knew it was wrong but couldn’t figure it out.  I had no idea what he was attempting to say and told him so.  He went to his computer and I watched to look for clues.  He went to the Clubhouse Mickey webpage. Suddenly, it dawned on me…. HOUSE!

I asked him to come back and I showed him how to spell house.  I was so pleased at that point I couldn’t have fathomed that it wasn’t over yet.  He continued…


He finished the rest of the title without hesitation or help.  And I sat there in shock for a minute.  Then I ran and got the House of Mouse – Villians DVD and put it on for him 🙂

What an amazing thing words are…. and what an amazing son I’ve got 🙂


  1. That’s SO awesome! I’m happy for you!

    Comment by tiredmama — July 23, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  2. Wow I’m so excited for you. What an incredible opportunity for Adrian to be able to get his requests across to you!

    Comment by Cammie — July 24, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  3. Oh, wow, that’s really wonderful!

    Comment by KAL — July 24, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

  4. Go Adrian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
    Noone knows better than I, the power of this success. I am so proud of my former little student who is no longer so little. If it wasn’t for the love and determination of his wonderful mother and father, this may not have happened at this time. If you are ever near Orange County please think about stopping in to see me either at Inspire or at my home in Goshen. Love you lots Adrian and keep giving Mom and Dad these beautiful requests!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Barbara — July 24, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  5. Keep up the great start…it will make life so much more pleasant for all of you…GO ADRIAN!

    Oh by the way I agree with Barbara…it is all due to a wonderful Mom and Dad who give so much of themselves…you are a great tag team!

    Comment by Grandma Nancy — August 10, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

  6. Heavens to Betsy! I’m not surprise you’re in the house of shock! I can almost feel the electrical charge over the ether! Well done indeed.

    Comment by Maddy — August 24, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  7. Hi Carol,

    As the mother of an 8-1/2 year old son with autism who is struggling to communicate, I can only imagine how thrilling that must have been for you. I dream of those sorts of moments, and know they will one day happen for us as well.

    We have recently begun our Dynavox V (we call her Dyna V) journey, which is exciting and completely overwhelming at the same time.

    I stayed up into the early morning hours (when else are we going to get things done?) reading all of your blogs…couldn’t pull myself away from them! So exciting to read about Adrian’s progress, and especially to get insight into your thought process as you programmed your Dynavox.

    I have so many questions, and was wondering if there was some way to contact you via email; and whether you had some other suggestions of web sites and/or blogs that are specific to using this device.

    One of my main questions is about how you incorporate the InterAACT software with Boardmaker and other software products that you find. There is so much to learn. I’m good with computer basics, but a bit apprehensive (what if I ruin everything on there!?!). I need to build my skills and confidence.

    Thanks for your time, and for being so honest and inspiring. Hope we’ll have a chance to connect sometime.

    Comment by Tami — August 24, 2008 @ 11:29 am

  8. wow!! I think he was screaming for attention…too funny 🙂

    Comment by FXSmom — August 25, 2008 @ 11:18 am

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