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Silent words : a biography

By: Eastham, Margaret
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oliver Pate, 1992Description: 236 pages ; 24 cmISBN: 9780969601203Subject(s): Across the lifespan | Books by parents | Communication | Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) | Facilitated Communication (FC) | Nonspeaking autistic peopleSummary: "David Eastham had autism. He could not speak, write or use sign language. He had no meaningful communication until age 16. Silent Words is about that communication, how it was developed and how it changed David's life. This is a powerful story, faithfully told, relating a struggle for acceptance as a thinking, feeling human being. David Eastham was able to overcome his severe limitations through his mother's teaching methods.* Ultimately Silent Words is told both by mother and son, as David's communication is gradually added to the story in the form of "Davidisms", poems and conversations. The volume culminates in his unpublished work Forever Friends. How he felt about his life is then communicated to the reader. The likelihood that non-verbal autistic individuals can be educated in a way that will facilitate personal and social advancement is discouragingly remote. Yet Margaret Eastham writes about just such a situation and brings the reader step by step of the way through the educational techniques which helped make her son's life rewarding. This is also an intimate family story, sensitive and charming. *"Facilitated Communication" a similar technique, is currently being applied in various parts of the world."
List(s) this item appears in: Communicating with nonspeaking autistic people
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02:02.a EAST.l 1992 (Browse shelf) 1 Available 101147

"David Eastham had autism. He could not speak, write or use sign language. He had no meaningful communication until age 16. Silent Words is about that communication, how it was developed and how it changed David's life. This is a powerful story, faithfully told, relating a struggle for acceptance as a thinking, feeling human being.

David Eastham was able to overcome his severe limitations through his mother's teaching methods.* Ultimately Silent Words is told both by mother and son, as David's communication is gradually added to the story in the form of "Davidisms", poems and conversations. The volume culminates in his unpublished work Forever Friends. How he felt about his life is then communicated to the reader.

The likelihood that non-verbal autistic individuals can be educated in a way that will facilitate personal and social advancement is discouragingly remote. Yet Margaret Eastham writes about just such a situation and brings the reader step by step of the way through the educational techniques which helped make her son's life rewarding.

This is also an intimate family story, sensitive and charming.

*"Facilitated Communication" a similar technique, is currently being applied in various parts of the world."