Over the weekend, I went to see "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" on Broadway. I was a little skeptical about how it would turn out, but I definitely wanted to see it for myself. I had heard amazing reviews and even a fellow friend recommended I go see it. So I did.
I read, I write, I watch a lot of movies, I go to plays and musicals and ballets. The movies, the TV shows, etc. are never as good as the book. But let me tell you, this play was definitely better than the book.
I read the book awhile ago so I remember the general idea of it and certain parts, but I do recall loving it. But not because of its writing, just because it was interesting and it hit home to me. I could understand the meaning of it because I have a brother with Autism. However, if anyone else read it from an outsider's point of view, I don't know if they could truly "get it."
Seeing the play was like living life through someone with Autism's eyes. That was extraordinary. Seeing the play that way made it really easy for people who may not know a lot about Autism to understand what they go through during different situations and sensations. It showed you little aspects of a person with Autism's life that many of us probably look right over or don't even consider a tremendous struggle.
As a sister, it is relieving to know that there are great things like this as entertainment that can also show and help people understand the world of Autism a little better. Without a doubt, the play was outstanding and one of my most cherished memories of all time.
Find out more about it and see it for yourself here.
I am super excited to announce that I had another article published! This one was printed in the Exceptional Parent (April 2015) magazine. My article was a part of the Autism Awareness month section. Please read my article below. And definitely check out The Next Step Programs shout out. ;)
Recently, I was interviewed for the Sibs Share section in the online magazine, Parenting Special Needs. I have screen shotted the article (pg. 21) for all of you to read. But, please view the entire magazine here. I am so honored that Sammy and I were able to make the cut!
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 26 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree and from Johns Hopkins with a Post-Bacc Certificate in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at . I recently left my job at Kennedy Krieger Institute and began my Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at University of South Florida. My younger brother, Sammy, is 20 and has Autism. He is non-vocal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.