Utter Autism

December 22, 2008

He’s the Typing Type

The keyboard screen has become a favorite on Adrian’s Dynavox V.  More and more often we see him go to this screen to type out things he wants. 

Sometimes he needs to check his spelling by going to other pages on the device where the word appears but amazingly, he chooses to type the word out instead of just using the pre-programmed button for that item.

Every few days he’s typing in things – without checking the spelling – that we didn’t know he knew.  I couldn’t even venture a guess now about how many words he can read or type.  It’s all happened so suddenly that our heads are still spinning.

He continues to use the keyboard screen to answer the all important question, “What does that say?”  I considered putting a button on his device for him to ask this question…. but then I realized, he’s already got a perfect strategy for answering the question for himself!  Several times now, we’ve seen him copy words he clearly doesn’t know from items or websites – just to find out what they say.

Amazing stuff 🙂

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2 Comments »

  1. This is truly amazing. It shows how the DynaVox promotes literacy. Much better than Minspeak which would push icon arrangement instead of spelling.

    Way to go Adrian!!!!

    Judy

    Comment by Judy — February 9, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  2. Amazing and thoroughly delightful indeed. It’s like a magic trick where you cannot see the slight of hand but just stand back and observe in awe.
    Best wishes as always

    Comment by Maddy — March 10, 2009 @ 12:42 am


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