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16 FEBRUARY 2015 By early 2014, 17 year old Carly Fleischmann had become one of the five most recognized faces of autism with 130 thousand likes on her Facebook page and over 30,000 followers on Twitter. The suddenly and unexpectedly in March of 2014, she appeared to have vanished. No news or words from her or her family.
What had happened? Carly’s father Arthur Fleischmann spoke exclusively with Autism Daily Newscast to explain what happened to Carly and why the family chose to remain silent.
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, she had a breakthrough. At age eleven, Carly was allowed on the computer, where she typed out: HELP HELP
The astonishing story has since been turned into a book by her father Arthur called Carly’s Voice, which gives the reader a first-hand opportunity to learn about autism from a girl living with it.
In February of 2014 she went to Vienna as part of a school project and then everything went quiet and nothing was heard until December 4, 2014 when a post appeared on Facebook. Carly had been given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which resulted in the loss of language skills.
Roberta Hill the Editor of Autism Daily Newscast said,
“We are so quick to blame the parents for things that go wrong. This gives us some insights into what happened and why people may shun the media. We are so honoured that Arthur felt that we were the right medium to tell Carly’s struggle over the past year. We know she is strong and welcome her return.”
Carly’s story is remarkable and it only keeps on expanding.
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