What if a lot more autistic kids learned how to type?

Last night, CTV's W-5 series aired a remarkable documentary about a 13-year-old autistic girl in Toronto who learned how to type.

Carly Fleischmann can't speak, but because her parents provided her with intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy, she learned how to spell.

And when she was given a chance to use a computer, she revealed that she was very aware of her condition as well as everything that was going on around her.

Carly came across as a normal 13-year-old girl trapped in a body that wouldn't cooperate with her wishes.

It should offer hope to parents and siblings of thousands of autistic kids.

The B.C. government funds up to $20,000 per year up until the child is six years old for autism therapy. Intensive therapy costs parents significantly more than that each year.

Families for Early Autism Treatment of B.C. launched a nationwide campaign earlier this month to try to elect candidates in the next federal election who will support covering therapies for autism under Medicare.

Approximately one child in 150 across North America is being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.





Mar 24, 2008 at 10:20am

Red Dot Beth

Please have all autistic children tested for "Gluten Intolerance" a simple blood test called TTG and EMA. Wheat is causing a huge range of health disorders with such a diversity of symptoms that the medical community is befuddled. Since drug companies can't make any money telling people to stop eating wheat, research dollars have been minimal.

Please visit www.vancouverceliac.ca to find out more information about "Growing Up Gluten Free" an April 5th event at the Chan Education Centre, BC Children's Hospital. If any of your children suffer from concentration and learning difficulties, behavioural changes, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, dermatitis, it could be as simple as gluten intolerance.

Please don't let your children suffer needlessly when there is such a simple solution ---!!