The “Talker” above could make scientific history within the next year. It is the communication device a nonverbal autistic girl used when she was originally suspected to be telepathic. I saw her independently type her answers into this “Talker,” without any touch, in three homemade videos from August, 2013. She developed a dependency upon having her shoulder touched during telepathy testing, which made her especially excited, and touch calms her down. This was a problem because of possible cueing, so she was weaned away from it. Her therapists also needed to start working with a divider between themselves and the child during the telepathy sessions. These changes caused some regression in the girl’s behavior, and she needed to return to her first method of communication: pointing to cut-out letters or numbers on stencils. This situation should be temporary. Once she is able to type her answers directly into the “Talker” again, this will be undeniable proof of telepathy. We will return to document the results.
Here is the abstract for my recent presentation at the Parapsychological Association’s meeting:
Autistic savants have not undergone rigorous scientific investigation for psi, although many of their skills are very psi-like. For example, some give cube roots of six digit numbers without knowing how to perform simple mathematical functions, such as addition or multiplication, and with no conscious derivation of the answers. These remarkable skills are accepted by science because they are reliably replicated. Brief reports by physicians that are suggestive of psi in autistic savants have been ignored or criticized. The psi ability most frequently reported by parents to the author in her research has been telepathy, especially in nonverbal children. In 2013, the author received three homemade videos of a nonverbal, nine year-old, severely autistic girl that were claimed to demonstrate telepathy. The videos were intriguing, but scientifically insufficient. Two therapists reported telepathic experiences with the girl, creating the opportunity to test both. The author conducted two controlled, two-hour research sessions with “Therapist A”, and one two-hour controlled research session with “Therapist B”. Randomized numbers, sentences, fake words, and visual images were presented to the therapists out of view of the girl, who was asked to “read the therapist’s mind.” The therapists were asked to write their own verbal descriptions of the images for comparison to the girl’s answers. Random numbers were generated for mathematical equations. The girl was asked to give all the numbers involved in the equations and duplicate the answers generated by the author with a calculator. The therapist and child could not be tested in separate rooms, because even subtle changes to the environment are very distracting and disturbing for a child with severe autism. The experimental set-up required the therapists and child to work with a divider between them. The child typed her answers after choosing them from a stencil. To assess for any possible visual and/or auditory cueing, five high definition point-of-view (POV) cameras and three microphones were strategically placed in the experimental space to capture coverage of the entire room, the therapist and child, and their separate workspaces. All cameras were synchronized and time-stamped. Data from the first session with Therapist A includes 100% accuracy on three out of twenty image descriptions containing up to nine letters each, 60 to 100% accuracy on all three of the five-letter nonsense words, and 100% accuracy on two random numbers: one eight digits and the other nine. Data from the second session with Therapist A includes 100% accuracy on six out of twelve equations with 15 to 19 digits each, 100% accuracy on seven out of 20 image descriptions containing up to six letters, and between 81 to 100% accuracy on sentences of between 18 and 35 letters. Data from the session with Therapist B showed 100% accuracy with five out of twenty random numbers up to six digits in length, and 100% accuracy with five out of twelve image descriptions containing up to six letters. There was no evidence of cueing or fraud. The data is highly suggestive of an alternative, latent and/or default communication mechanism that can be accessed by people born with severely impaired language abilities.