The Miracle Project Original Music Video
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate, interact, and form relationships with others. While some individuals with autism are able to speak and use language effectively, others are nonverbal, meaning that they are unable to use spoken language as a means of communication. This can make it difficult for nonverbal individuals with autism to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs to others.
Fortunately, technology has made it easier for nonverbal individuals with autism to communicate. One such technology is typing, which allows individuals to type out their thoughts and feelings using a computer or tablet. Typing can provide a way for nonverbal individuals with autism to express themselves and connect with others, despite their inability to use spoken language.
Apps and technology like InnerVoice not only provide easy to use text-to-speech keyboards, but also let you see the words spoken -- with emotion
One of the biggest advantages of typing as a means of communication for nonverbal individuals with autism is that it allows them to take their time to think about what they want to say. This is particularly important for those who may struggle with processing language quickly or who need more time to formulate their thoughts. Typing also eliminates the pressure of speaking in real-time, which can be a challenge for some individuals with autism.
Another advantage of typing as a means of communication is that it allows individuals with autism to express themselves more accurately. Since they are able to take their time to think about what they want to say, they can type out their thoughts more precisely, reducing the risk of misunderstandings. Additionally, typing allows individuals to use their preferred method of communication, which can lead to more successful and meaningful interactions.
However, it's important to note that typing as a means of communication is not a one-size-fits-all solution for nonverbal individuals with autism. Some individuals may struggle with using a keyboard or typing, and others may have difficulty with fine motor skills, which can make typing a challenge. In these cases, alternative communication methods, such as sign language or picture boards, may be more appropriate.
In conclusion, typing provides a valuable tool for nonverbal individuals with autism to communicate and connect with others. By allowing individuals to express themselves more accurately and comfortably, typing can help to improve the quality of their interactions and overall quality of life. As technology continues to advance, it's likely that we'll see even more options for nonverbal individuals with autism to communicate effectively.
From the Miracle Project --
"Forever preschoolers is how the world often sees us. We are so much more when given the chance."
“Let My Typin’ Let You See” -- an original music video created with and starring non-speaking actors/multimodal communicators in the Express Yourself program
Music by Mina Bloom
Lyrics by the Express Yourself Class Starring Ben Brodeske, Emma Cladis, William Del Rosario, Darlene Hanson, Neal Katz, Justice Killebrew, Otto Lana, Antonietta Nelli, Isabella Santoyo
Executive Produced by The Miracle Project
Executive Produced by Elaine Hall
Produced & Directed by Shelley Pack
Associate Produced by Mina Bloom
Production Assistance by Jesse Tohl
Music Direction & Choreography by Mina Bloom
Cinematography & Lighting Design by Jake Steven
Vocals by Mina Bloom & Weller Killebrew
Electric Guitar by Martin Benson
Bass Guitar by Rob
House Drums by JJ Ross
Music Engineering by Steve McClintic at SGV Sound Studios
Mixing by Ryan Dorn Mastering by Marc Desisto
Program Director/Clinical Supervisor: Hannah Warren
Founder/Artistic Director: Elaine Hall
Executive Director: Laurie Feldman
Director of Operations: Juliane Hagn
Acting Coach: Elaine Hall
The Miracle Project's Express Yourself class is comprised of multi-modality communicators who are interested in connecting and collaborating with other neurodiverse artists. This program gives participants the opportunity explore their expressive side through movement, music, songwriting, improv, and poetry.
Express Yourself Class developed by Darlene Hanson and Elaine Hall
This video was made possible by the generous contributions of The Miracle Project Community with additional support from the Skylight Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity, City of Beverly Hills, and Women Helping Youth.
Special Thanks to Travis Cox and Shelley Cox of Step by Step, Edu-Thera-Play Programs & Services.