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autistic teen uses iPad, laptop to communicate

“So I had a cool interview with a Toronto Star Newspaper reporter. I’m not sure when the story printing or how long it is. The only thing I’m sure of is how cute the photographer was. So cute. I talked to them about autism & I was showing off how easy it is to talk with wordQ and my Ipad. Doctors and scientists are only partly going to help autism technology and innovators are going to bring autism to the next level.”

How does a non-verbal, 16-year-old autistic girl communicate?

Go back to the opening paragraph.

Carly Fleischmann wrote it. When she was very young, her parents were warned she would probably have to be put into an institution. But this autistic teen is now very capable of communicating. And she does so regularly, with wit, wisdom and typical teen chutzpah — via Twitter, Facebook, email and her website,, where she posted news of her interview with the Star.

This is a fascinating story about a girl who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. Through intensive (40 hrs a week) behavioural therapy beginning at age 4, by age 10 she was able to communicate through writing. Now, at 16, she’s in a gifted English class and has her own website,



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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