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From the Ted Talk by Carina Morillo: To understand autism, don't look away

Unscramble the Blue Letters

"Look at me!".
That phrase turned me into an eye-contact coach. I'm the mohter of Ivan; he's 15 years old. Ivan has autism, he doesn't speak, and he cematucnimos through an iPad, where his whole universe of words extsis in images.
He was diagnosed when he was two and a half. I still remember that day painfully. My husband and I felt really lost; we didn't know where to begin. There was no itenenrt, you couldn't Google information, so we made those first steps out of seehr intuition.
Ivan would not mtaiinan eye contact, he had lost the words that he did know, and he didn't respond to his name or to anything we asked him, as if words were noise. The only way I could know what was going on with him, what he felt, was looking him in the eye. But that bridge was broken.

Open Cloze

"Look at me!".
That phrase turned me into an eye-contact coach. I'm the ______ of Ivan; he's 15 years old. Ivan has autism, he doesn't speak, and he ____________ through an iPad, where his whole universe of words ______ in images.
He was diagnosed when he was two and a half. I still remember that day painfully. My husband and I felt really lost; we didn't know where to begin. There was no ________, you couldn't Google information, so we made those first steps out of _____ intuition.
Ivan would not ________ eye contact, he had lost the words that he did know, and he didn't respond to his name or to anything we asked him, as if words were noise. The only way I could know what was going on with him, what he felt, was looking him in the eye. But that bridge was broken.

Solution

  1. maintain
  2. exists
  3. internet
  4. mother
  5. sheer
  6. communicates

Original Text

"Look at me!".
That phrase turned me into an eye-contact coach. I'm the mother of Ivan; he's 15 years old. Ivan has autism, he doesn't speak, and he communicates through an iPad, where his whole universe of words exists in images.
He was diagnosed when he was two and a half. I still remember that day painfully. My husband and I felt really lost; we didn't know where to begin. There was no internet, you couldn't Google information, so we made those first steps out of sheer intuition.
Ivan would not maintain eye contact, he had lost the words that he did know, and he didn't respond to his name or to anything we asked him, as if words were noise. The only way I could know what was going on with him, what he felt, was looking him in the eye. But that bridge was broken.

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Important Words

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