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, at age ten, she had a breakthrough.
While working with her therapists Barb and Howie, Carly reached over to the laptop and typed “HELP TEETH HURT,” much to everyone’s astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly’s journey toward self-realization.
A 2009 segment on 20/20 brought her story to national attention. She has since spoken at numerous conferences in the media. Carly has been an active advocate for greater understanding of those with autism.
Carly lives in Toronto, Canada, and attends a mainstream high school where she is enrolled in gifted classes.