Doctors say autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. One family is using some of the latest technology to communicate with their autistic son.
Doctors say autistic children and adults typically show difficulty communicating. Now an Eastern Kentucky family believes they have found a computer that helps them communicate with their autistic son.
Andrew Browning was born premature at 1 pound 9 ounces and was the poster child for the March of Dimes. His parents say he soon became a healthy child, walking and talking like other kids his age but when he was 2 and half years old, his speech patterns started to change.
"He stopped saying mommy, daddy, normal things that he would say everyday," said Andrew's mom, Sandra.
Andrew was later diagnosed with Autism and like many autistic children, Andrew makes sounds his parents can't understand. So now at 6 years old, Andrews parents have invested in a new computer that can help him communicate with them once again.
"It opens up the world because before you could communicate, the world was nothing," said Scott Browning, Andrew's dad.
The Browning’s say Andrew's eyes lit up to see his tell us a computer that can speak for him.
"When he first said Andrew Browning loves, I was hoping it was going to be mommy or daddy, but it was Andrew Browning loves Blues Clues," Sandra said.
Andrew's personal aide says they have been working on the computer since the end of February but she has high hopes for Andrew's future communication abilities.
"Any parent's dream is to hear their child say I love you and that's what we work on. I would love for him to tell his mom and dad he loves them," said Andrew's Aide Fern King.
The Browning’s say they hope one day computer aided communication will be available in the school system so kids like Andrew can go to school with other children.