Mom – Tami Barmache
In 8th grade, Dillan asked me if he could start a blog. He was worried that I might not like the idea, but knowing how much he had to say, how could I say no?! Much like the journey of building Dillan’s communication skills and finding a way for him to receive a meaningful education, creating and maintaining Typing 4 Change has been a slow and sometimes challenging process, but it is finding its way, one day at a time!
Dillan is not able to use speech for reliable communication, so he spells his words out letter by letter on an alphabet letterboard, or he may type directly onto the iPad or wireless keyboard. He is only able to accomplish this with very skilled, respectful and calm support to help him keep his body and mind organized and focused. A very important relationship develops between a typer and his communication support partner, which must be based on trust and belief in the typer’s intelligence; and an understanding of his sensory needs. This takes time, patience and lots of practice, but in our experience, is the only way for true and meaningful communication to develop.
As you can imagine, we have been very moved by Dillan’s words. Everything from his simple funny pokes at his brother, to the very profound and moving experiences he describes of what it feels like to have a sensory system that is so unique and special, but often very difficult and overwhelming.
This is Dillan’s story to tell, and he has asked us to help him “make it happen!” It is sometimes very emotional for him to write about his life, and even harder to share it. That being said, he hopes that others will find insight and value in reading his words and sharing in his experiences. Typing has changed Dillan’s life, and he wants others to have the same opportunity. We are glad you stopped by and encourage you to share this blog with others. Thank you so much for visiting!!