Before Adam began using supported typing, knowing what was going on inside Adam’s head was a constant guessing game. Not having a way to communicate places all caregivers at a disadvantage. Fortunately, supported typing changed that scenario completely for Adam.
Supported typing has been shown to be an effective communication strategy and a positive life-changing event. This communication strategy has allowed circles of relationships to emerge. Adam displayed considerable social, emotional intelligence, academic, sensory, and developmental growth. These areas were not evident in him prior to his engaging in supported typing. After years without a functional voice, Adam was able to engage in his education and follow his dreams. To put it plainly, the method had a significant impact on Adam’s life, as confirmed by testimonies and personal accounts. As his mother described,
The energy used to convince others (that do not want to be convinced) . . . . can now transfer to just enjoying my son. . . . learning more and more about him. This takes an enormous weight off of my shoulders. . . . I feel like I am living in a different world now. (Mrs. Mitchell, interview, May 7, 2012)
The responses of schools to Adam were generally negative, except for his current school. However, Adam refused to give up in light of the previous schools’ attitudes. Instead, he displayed the courage to fight through the obstacles.
Dr. Michael Knox, School Principal
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