A Personal Story Communicating Success
April 10, 2013
Gitit’s life nearly came to a halt several years ago, at age 15, in a tragic car accident that killed both of her parents and left her comatose for close to two months. Unfortunately, the accident left her with irreparable brain damage and paralysis.
Gitit arrived at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran with a closed expression, completely unresponsive and bound to her wheelchair. Following her evaluation, ALEH’s multidisciplinary team designed an intense rehabilitative program just for her. She also joined the on-site Special Education School.
Slowly but surely we began to see an improvement in Gitit’s abilities. She began picking up her head, recognizing those around her and responding to them. She also began to actively participate during therapy sessions. At this point it was decided to teach her alternative communication techniques so she could communicate with her caregivers and friends.
Gitit was fitted with a computer with a vocal output device and communication boards with various pictures of typical situations that take place in her everyday life. Every time Gitit pressed on a picture, she heard a voice stating the activity in the picture. In this manner, through the computer Gitit was able to express herself vocally and communicate with those around her.
As soon as she began to communicate, we noticed that incredibly, Gitit’s brain had retained parts of the knowledge she had once known – including math, reading, and recognizing people from the past. Even more amazing, recently Gitit has begun to actually talk, and she now says those three most important words: I love you.
Gitit’s progress has proven what we know from experience: Communication is a tremendous key leading to the advancement of our residents. Once we find the means and avenue to enable them to communicate, we see advancement in so many other areas as well.
THANK YOU to ALEH’s supporters for giving Gitit this incredible opportunity to grow and develop and live a quality life!
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