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Sat Jul 6, 2013, 01:31 PM

Nonverbal autistic girl finds her voice and expresses profound intelligence.

This was posted in 2010 and I don't know when it aired on 20/20...

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Reply Nonverbal autistic girl finds her voice and expresses profound intelligence. (Original post)
1monster Jul 2013 OP
Arugula Latte Jul 2013 #1
silvershadow Jul 2013 #2
1monster Jul 2013 #3
gopiscrap Jul 2013 #4
progressoid Jul 2013 #5
deurbano Jul 2013 #6
Warpy Jul 2013 #7
deurbano Jul 2013 #9
Warpy Jul 2013 #10
Maraya1969 Jul 2013 #8
1monster Jul 2013 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2013 #14
ZombieHorde Jul 2013 #12
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2013 #13
Generic Other Jul 2013 #15
marble falls Jul 2013 #16

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 01:41 PM

1. Fascinating.

That must have been so amazing for the parents when they realized how intelligent she actually is.

And what a good dad.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 01:46 PM

2. Great story. I'm ignoring the fact that Stossel presents. nt

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 01:52 PM

3. Yeah, well... he only introduced the piece. He had nothing else to do with the story.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 01:52 PM

4. How cool!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 02:24 PM

5. Rec.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 02:48 PM

6. Thank you for sharing that!

I wonder what the trigger was? Puberty? Or after all those years of constant intervention (input), the necessary threshold was reached? Whatever the reason, how wonderful she finally can express what she is really thinking and feeling... and can let others know who she really is. (Which means there must be so many others out there who never reach this point, but still have an interior life that no one suspects-- people who are completely misunderstood for their entire lives.) And what joy-- and validation-- for the parents who never stopped trying.



(Interesting to have Stossel, of all people, introducing this. Think of how much money it took to get her to this miraculous point. Almost no families have the personal resources to provide this level of intervention... which is why we need government. And imagine what could be accomplished--- for so many others-- if our government's priorities were not dictated by Wall Street, the Pentagon, NSA , etc.)

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 02:48 PM

7. I was afraid this was going to be another "assisted communication"

fluff piece where it's not clear if the facilitator is the one doing the typing. This was a real surprise.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 02:58 PM

9. That was my first thought, too, before I watched the video.

But after watching it, I wonder if some valid instances of facilitated communication got lost amidst the hype.

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Response to deurbano (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:01 PM

10. I think they did

I also think the facilitators got in the way once the kid got the idea about using a keyboard.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 02:49 PM

8. I feel like I understand this a tiny bit because of my own issues with stimulation.

If I sit in a movie theater it is too bright and too big and too loud. It gives me a panic attack and I have to leave. So I don't go to the movies anymore. When the neighbor plays a loud bass in his car, even it I can only hear it a little bit it makes me crazy. Sometimes the lights in the grocery store get to me.

So I know a little about when outside stimuli can make you nuts. What this poor girl and others with autism must be experiencing must be awful. She said she sees thousands of pictures of a face when she looks at someone so that is why she doesn't look at people.

It is how stimuli is received and transmitted to the brain that seems to be the problem. Perhaps they will find a way to rewire or to stop such a great influx through medication.

I really hope so.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:15 PM

11. My stepson is autistic and wasn't officially diagnosed until he was thrity-five, although

I was certain fifteen years before that he had some sort of autism.

I believe one of the main reasons he remained undiagnosed for so long was that he is also hearing impaired. His delayed language abilities were blamed on this.

But he had hearing aids. When the noise got too much for him, rather than having a melt down as many autistic children do, he would simply turn off his hearing aids. In fact, he spent most of the time with his hearing aids off.

The problem isn't only lack of government help (even just in the referral sense) but the lack of knowledge and understanding of autism by mental health professionals. In my experience, 95% of them are incompetent at best.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:05 PM

14. If only there were a way to simulate it temporarily.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:24 PM

12. Holy shit.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 03:27 PM

13. WOW!!!!! Thank you for this!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!!

How amazing! Miraculous! What a breakthrough!!!! What a pioneer she is!!!!! I'm thrilled that she's writing a novel and connects with people through the internet. FAntastic!

Her comment, "I wish for one day, you could feel what it's like to be in my body." ----> *lump in throat*


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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 09:01 PM

15. Like Helen Keller

They live in a parallel universe because of their disabilities. Amazing to finally break out.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2013, 01:29 AM

16. Very good find! Thanks.

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