Avery uses two-three word phrases and a wide variety of ASL signs to communicate, but often struggles to get her message across. Just imagine the frustration of having something to say, but not being able to say it.
My son’s (awesome) teacher sent me the link to this amazing video. I defy anyone to watch it without getting emotional when the father in the clip speaks about his daughter who until recently, has been silenced by Autism.
Avery is not Autistic, but as the parent of a unique child, I related to similar challenges. We should never assume to know what our children can or cannot do. A child’s voice may be faint, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have something important to say. Perhaps they will live life in a whisper, but perhaps one day their voice will ring out strong and clear for all to hear.
If you have a few minutes, it’s worth listening to Carly Fleishmann’s unique voice.