February 28, 1993 |
When Laura Storch was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Mark, constantly played lilting reggae songs like "Could You Be Loved?" for the baby inside her, and when their beautiful 8-pound girl was born, the New York City couple gave her the middle name "Marley," for the musician who gave them so much joy.
May 14, 1995 |
I DON'T WANT TO BE INSIDE ME ANYMORE: Messages From an Autistic Mind by Birger Sellin. (Basic Books: $22; 240 pp.) Born in Germany in 1973, Birger Sellin, a severely autistic young man, is given to fits of screaming and self-destructive rage. He has spoken only one sentence since the age of 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992 |
For years, Pam and John Miller wondered whether their 16-year-old autistic son, Morgan, heard or understood anything they said. He never spoke, never responded to their requests, and thumbed aimlessly through magazines. But now, with a keyboard and the encouraging touch of a human hand, Morgan has learned to communicate some of his thoughts. "He can now type what he wants for breakfast. He can type to me what he feels. He can tell me what he wants to do.
November 17, 1992 |
At 13, Susie Rubin spoke mostly nonsense words and often repeated herself. She seldom made eye contact and showed little interest in making friends. Tests identified her as autistic and placed her mental age at 2, her IQ at 30. A year later, Susie scores 100 to 130 on IQ tests. Along with special-education classes, the ninth-grader is taking honors English and mainstream algebra and freshman studies at Whittier High. She also plans to attend college.
January 10, 1996 |
God, I hate mimes. All that white makeup, all that infernal exaggeration and pose--the whole thing bores me to death. On the other hand, I'm exceedingly fond of MIME, which, unlike human mimes, facilitates communication rather than mocks it. Since almost everyone reading this column uses electronic mail, and since the hardest part about e-mail is sending and receiving file attachments, this week I'll try to explain sending files across the Internet by e-mail.
March 28, 1993
Our 11-year-old autistic daughter has used facilitated communication for more than a year, and it has changed our lives profoundly. We are convinced that the statements the child makes are her own, since she displays a particular syntax and grammar and composes poetry with a distinctly personal style. Facilitated communication has opened a door for the autistic that shouldn't be closed in their faces. MARILYN AND JEFFREY KREMEN Los Angeles