Autism Breakthrough?


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Jenn - posted on 04/18/2011




Yes, both Brian and I were brought to tears watching it. Partly because it's so touching the connection that she and her father have, partly because of the way that she is now able to communicate what she's feeling, and partly because of the way it makes you realize how many others like her are feeling trapped and are often not thought of as a person, but as a disability. It also really helped to explain Autism a bit better to me - it isn't something I've ever encountered IRL and don't know a whole lot about it. It makes sense now that she could explain some things - like about banging her head how if she doesn't do it she feels like she'll explode - like it's this overwhelming urge and you HAVE to do it. Or why it's so hard to look at people - because she said it's like her brain is taking a thousand pictures of your face. I hope that this can lead to more answers - especially the biggest question of all: what causes Autism?

Krista - posted on 04/18/2011




I cried as well. The letter that she wrote to her dad, saying how much she loves it when he reads to her, and how he's never given up on her...

What a wonderful thing, for her to finally be able to communicate. And like Jennifer said -- experts will be able to learn so much from these previously speechless children.

Technology can be such a beautiful thing, can't it?

Jenni - posted on 04/18/2011




That's so amazing. I cried at the part when Carly's dad said for the first time he's finally getting to know his daughter. I can't begin to imagine how much frustation was lifted from her now that she has her own voice. How much being able to communicate will enrich, fullfill and allow her control over her own life. What this will mean to families and their relationships with their child with autism. How much this breakthrough will mean for other children with autism. How much experts will learn about autism from previously speechless children with autism. Beautiful and inspiring.

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2011




Wow! I am so glad she has found a way to express herself!! :0) Her txt to voice program, is a program all our Canadian schools have for children to use with different types of disablities. It is wonderful! My son uses it to beable to write, without it he would never be able to put his ideas down on paper. I am so glad to see it being used in other ways to help other children who can not get their brains to fully function for them.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/18/2011




Wow, that is fantastic. I cried a little when her dad said that you never give up on your child.

My son is 4 yrs old, autistic and non verbal, so this really hit home. Watching Carly was like watching my son.

She gives me hope.

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