- Posted March 29, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Communicating through autism
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Giving Tanner a Voice: Autism Communication
My Son's last words were "My name is Tanner. My Name is Tanner." on July 4th at 9 AM over a decade ago at 4 1/2 he regressed. He is now 16. Our attempts to communicate consistently have varied widely. We have used just about every therapy you can name.
Listening therapy, music therapy, play, floortime, ABA and pecs to name a few. When we could afford them we used some biomedical treatments. Nothing has given him back the ability to communicate like you and I do.
He now uses a system that combines pulling us to where he wants to go or about thirty percent of the time he will get a picture off the fridge and hand it to us. We are not sure if he thinks it is a ticket or he really wants that item.
Tanner is motivated by food, drink, magazines ( Those with lots of faces ) He likes to jump and dance. Everyday his team works with him. We have all heard what we thought were sounds that approximate words. Again nothing consistently.
I know this is not part of the assignment but my heart just is crushed by the latest news of a 30% increase in Autism rates for the children between 8 and 21. I realized it is only a few years and Tanner will not be counted anymore. I desperately beg all who reads this ask why and demand more answers. TannersDad Tim