I heard about Carly Fleischmann and she amazed me. I wanted to know more about communication via typing or letterboard. So, I searched and came across this article and I found this book…Ido in AutismLand. I was so excited about it, I read it in one sitting. It was absolutely amazing. It made me question whether we are doing the right thing for Micah with school and it made me realize the potential many cannot see in our children. The Book
The first 25 or so pages after the foreword is an introduction by Ido’s mother, Tracy Kedar. She also guest blogs on Ido’s blog. She prepares the reader for what they are about to experience through reading the thoughts of her non-verbal son with autism. Although, as a parent of a non-verbal child, I don’t think there was anything that could prepare me for what I was about to read.
The first line says it all, “Imagine being unable to communicate because you have a body that doesn’t listen to your thoughts.” I love the depth she put into this. Amazing.
Ages 12, 13, 14, and 15
Then, you travel in time with Ido from age 12 to 15 getting a glimpse into his thoughts with dates and titles to the topic he writes about.
Wow. Then, after reading that, I really wonder if what we are doing for Micah is good? When I read his progress reports, I see the “touch your nose” and “touch the book” going on. I see he still has no speech, but there are days when I look into his eyes and I can tell he wants to break that silence! It’s not about when for him, I feel like it’s about HOW!!
There were so many entries in this book that hit home with me and reminded me of Micah, so I wanted to do something to spread the word about this amazing young man. I am going to be making some graphics with some of my favorites quotes from his book and linking them to his blog and Facebook page. If you would be so kind, geniuses and share them?