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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nat speaks through typing

Nat really loves communicating, now. I guess after almost 23 years of struggling with talking, it must be a heavenly relief to do it some other way. The first time I ever heard of autistic people communicating through typing was Amanda Baggs’ video, In My Language. The second time was through Arthur Fleischmann, Tammy Starr and their wonderful daughter Carly.

Here is Nat’s latest email:
hi grandma
apple picking tomoroowe with john mom dana.
how you ?
new house john holly mike bami lunch have
job shaws cart out side good day



Susan this is so encouraging to me. My son is 11 and though he is verbal he does not speak spontaneously at all. We get one and two word answers. He bites his arms in frustration frequently because he’s upset about something he can’t tell us and we can’t figure out. We’ve tried to get him to type and use assistive technology but to no avail. This post was such a good reminder that it may still happen someday. Thanks for the hope! Diana

— added by Diana on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

My nine-year-old is still using icons to communicate via iPad, but I’m still hopeful someday we’ll get more. Thanks for reminding me it can still happen at any time!

— added by Kim McCafferty on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Precious, I would break down in tears if I got a note written like this to me from my guy.

— added by Sharon Jones on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

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