Eye On Health: My Voice


IN TODAY’S EYE ON HEALTH, WE HAVE AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY TO SHARE WITH YOU, AND IT STARTS WITH THIS BIRTHDAY WISH. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. THAT IS TYLER WINFIELD ACTUALLY SINGING TO CHARLIE WHETHER OR NOT RUNS VARIETY. IT IS A CHARITY THAT GAVE HIM HIS VOICE. TYLER IS AWE IT’S THETIC — AUTISTIC AND UNTIL HE GOT HIS IPAD, HE COULDN’T COMMUNICATE, LET ALONE SING. NOW BETTER YET HE IS SPEAKING ON HIS OWN WITHOUT ANY AIDE. TYLER AND CHARLIE ARE A GUEST ALONG WITH TYLER’S MOM. WE ARE SO HAS BEEN BY TO HAVE YOU HERE. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE STORY. THANKS FOR HAVING US. HAVING US. WE ARE GOING TO FIND A THOUSAND MORE KIDS THANKS TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT. SO I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR VIEWERS TO UNDERSTAND THIS. TYLER WAS NONVERBAL. YES. THAT IS CORRECT. HE HAD ONE, MAYBE TWO WORDS. THAT WAS ABOUT IT. IT WAS HARD TO UNDERSTAND ANYTHING HE WOULD TRY TO ASK OR TELL YOU. HE WOULD GET FRUSTRATED AND MAD AT HIMSELF. YOU NEVER KNEW WHAT IT WAS HE ACTUALLY WANTED. CHARLIE, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS DEVICE IN JUST A MINUTE. WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE NONVERBAL AND SICK. HOW DO YOU TELL YOUR MOM? WE JUST HAD A MOTHER WITH HER FOUR-YEAR-OLD. IT TOOK FOUR DAYS, THREE VISITS TO THE DOCTOR AND A FULL BODY SCAN BEFORE THEY FOUND OUT THAT SHE HAD A FRACTURED LEG. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL AS THE MOM? YES. HOW PAINFUL THAT IS FOR YOU TO GO THROUGH THAT NOT KNOWING WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR CHILD BECAUSE THEY CAN’T COMMUNICATE FOR YOU. SHOW US HOW THIS WORKS. IT IS AN IPAD. THAT IS WHAT WE WANTED IT. WE TAYLORED IT SO THEY COULD FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU MIGHT NEED AS A COMMUNICATION APP. DIFFERENT FOR ME AND TYLER. WHAT IS NEEDED AND WHERE THEY HAVE. — THERE. JUST TO OUR POINT. FOR OUR FRIENDS AT HOME HERE, THEY ARE LITTLE BUTTONS ON HERE. I MADE A MISTAKE. OR A COMMON ONE ESPECIALLY THE OLDER I GET. HEY, I’VE GOT TO GO. TYLER, TELL US HOW THIS HELPS YOU. ARE YOU ABLE TO SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHARLIE. WHAT IS IT LIKE? HOW DOES IT FEEL FOR YOU BEING ABLE THE TELL PEOPLE HOW YOU FEEL NOW? REALLY GOOD. YOU PROBABLY JUST WATCHED YOUR BROTHER BLOSSOM LEARNING HOW TO TALK. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW THIS CHANGED YOUR RELATIONSHIP? IT HAS CHANGED THE RELATIONSHIP SO MUCH. BARELY HAVING A RELATIONSHIP AT ALL REALLY TO BEING FULL-ON BROTHER AND SISTER AND BEING BEST FRIENDS. A TOOL LIKE THIS. IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE ON THE SURFACE. BUT IT HAS CHANGED PROBABLY YOUR LIFE IN WAYS YOU COULDN’T IMAGINE. IT TRULY HAS. IT HAS TAKEN SO MUCH HANGOUT OF — OUT OF EVERY DAY LIFE THAT IT WAS THE GUESSING AND NOT KNOWING. HE’S HUNGRY, HE’S THIRSTY. OR EVEN JUST SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS WHAT MOVIE HE WANTS TO WATCH. HE COULDN’T DO THAT BEFORE. YOU NEVER NOW KNEW. HE WENT FROM USING THIS, REHEARSING THE SPEECH, LEARNING THE SPEECH AND BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE ON HIS OWN. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED? AND I JUST THINK JUST WORKING WITH THE SPEECH THERAPIST AND THEY FOUND AN APP THAT WAS WORKING FOR HIM, HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE THAT, USE THIS APP TO HELP HIM COMMUNICATE, AND. IT BROUGHT HIM OUT WITH HIMSELF. I THINK THE ONE THING. HOW DO THEY GET THIS FOR THEIR OWN FAMILY. WE WANT EVERYBODY TO GO TO THE VARIETYPITTSBURG. ORG. AS YOU AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT, THE INCOME GUIDELINES ARE HIGH. $128,750 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. DON’T THINK IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. DON’T THINK IT IS JUST FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE. GO CHECK IT BUT. IT MIGHT JUST TRANSFORM YOUR CHILD AND FAMILY. SEEING THIS. THIS IS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN REALLY HELP. HOW TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING FAMILIES. IT TRULY MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE. HOW LONG FROM THE TIME YOU STARTED USING THIS TO NOW. IT HAS BEEN TWO AND A HALF YEARS. YOU ARE SO HAPPY. CHARLIE YOU ARE DOING GREAT WORK. WE APPRECIATE IT. GREAT THE SEE YOU. FOR MORE ON THE VARIETY MY VOICE PROGRAM, GO TO PITTSBURGTODAYLIVE.COM. THE LINK POSTED FOR DO YOU THERE. KEEP WATCHING FOR OUR EYE ON HEALTH SERIES. IT HAPPENS ON WEDNESDAYS BROUGHT THE YU BY HIGHMARK, BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD.

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