Monday, September 13, 2010

Why does Jacob cover his ears and hum?

Maybe, just maybe THIS VIDEO can give us some insight.  This is the story about a *severely* autistic girl who, at age 11, found a computer and shocked her family, therapists, and doctors.   In one segment of the video she explains why she pounds her head on the floor, why she covers her ears, why she hums, why she won't look people in the face, and why she rocks back and forth.   This is well worth the few minutes it takes to watch even if we didn't have a special needs child in our family.  Like I said, it *may* give us some insight into Jacob.

4 comments:

Erica said...

Pretty awesome video/story!

Marilyn said...

it makes me understand better, but it also makes me cry, because inside our sweet little Jacob, there is another intelligent spirit that just wants to be heard and understood! But it also validates all the work and effort that goes into him so that someday, he too, can let it out.
I have known since the first week of his life when I could look into his beautiful eyes that he has a great and intelligent spirit and I felt more intensly than at any other time in my life the great Love that God has for this VERY SPECIAL person.

Christa said...

Wow. We all know that Jacob isn't autistic, but still... how much are we underestimating him? I can't wait to know the real Jacob someday.

Gramps said...

Yea, he isn't diagnosed with "Autism" but from what I see, he exhibits some of the same behaviors. What do we REALLY know about his condition and how similar or different it is than Autism? After viewing this video and having interacted with Jacob, I would be willing to bet there is a smart boy in there just fighting to get out like this girl was. I really hope one day we find the mechanism that will let us interact more fully with him.