It’s a short documentary about nonverbal autistic kids who were able to find a way to communicate through the use of touch screen technology, and well worth the watch. Temple Grandin, a lady who never fails to impress, also makes an appearance.
The interviews show just how emotional the inability to communicate can be. Really, it’s something most of us take for granted, since it seems like the most natural thing in the world, until we’re unable to do so with someone.
However, that block forces us to find alternative ways to do so. If we need to do so with someone who speaks a different language or has a hearing impediment, we can usually rely on gestures and forms of signing.
The vaster the communication gap, the more creative and observant we must get. I hope the touch screen technology becomes more available to the families who care for and schools which teach autistic students. For that matter, I hope it becomes more available to autistic adults.
While we’re on the topic of communication, the National Center for Learning Disabilities is looking for videos from folks with LDs who want to share their experiences. For more information, take a gander at this page.