I say the words ‘nonverbal autism’ daily. Cooper isn’t just autistic…he is nonverbal. It adds another layer. A really difficult layer. It adds severe frustration. It adds yelling and screaming and sometimes scary, loud noises. It adds a lot of head hitting. And mostly it removes a lot of layers of simple every day interactions.
I will spend minutes staring at Cooper and wonder what he is thinking. Wondering if he is happy. Wondering what he would say to me if he could. Wondering if he understands me.
Talking devices aren’t covered under health insurance and they cost right around $5000. Before Cooper I had no idea how something like this could change a families life. Now I see it in the same category as glasses or hearing aids.
I watched this video and cried like a baby at work. I simply can’t imagine what life would be like if Cooper could truly communicate with me.