The Beauty of Technology

A friend posted the below link on his Facebook page yesterday.  I began to open the link knowing that I was opening myself up to an avalanche of self-pity and ‘what-if’s’. So I closed it down.  But the title of the article, well, it stayed with me.  I woke up this morning and had to add my take to his somewhat smug post (which, by the way, I totally get and likely would have posted similarly had I not found myself in my unique parenting situation).

Here is the link: Stunning photo series shows what it’s like to grow up without technology’.  

Here’s my comment:

Just reading the title of this article fills me with a level of jealousy I never knew existed. I have two iPhones, two IPads, a tablet and a $20,000 eye gaze device that I rely on to not only speak to, but also educate and comfort my child with Rett Syndrome. And because of this technology, my 5 year old nonverbal child told me (through technology) last night that she wanted a jacket because she was cold. I don’t think anyone could truly understand how amazing that moment was – to hear her express her basic needs – unless they have to live through it. Not all technology is bad and not everyone can follow the ‘ideal life’.

I dream of the day when Rett Syndrome will no longer be our reality.

 

Participating

Lily has had a fantastic few weeks at school.  She’s been independently using the Tobii at circle time to interact with the teachers and students.  She’s been identifying letters and numbers (through the Tobii).  She’s also been speaking independently… saying things like ‘hurry up!’ and ‘hi!’ and ‘Woo back!’.  The last phrase is a horseback-riding term her hippotherapists try to get her to say when she is asked to stop the horse.  Oh, and Lily has been doing great with using a utencil too to self-feed.  Woot-woot!

Keep it up kid!

Using the Tobii to participate during circle time!

Using the Tobii to participate during circle time!

 

A good week indeed

Lily came home from school today in such a great mood!  Likely because today was the first day that she had a Tobii at school (which took a year of advocating). Using the Tobii, she told her teacher today that she loves her cousin and grandma and that she wants to go home and play with the nanny.

A good week indeed!!!!  My kid has a voice at school.  Finally!!!!!!!