March 18, 2013
While in London, I had the privilege of seeing the above listed play, based on the wonderful book written in the early 2000s. The story is about a young man, aged 15 and who is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome who finds a neighbor’s dog dead in the garden. His goal is to find the dog’s murderer. He is relentless, despite numerous hurdles and challenges which stem from both the symptoms of his diagnosis and his family diagnosis.
I saw the play on opening night-the first night of previews, generally not the best production for any show. Although it was a bit long-winded, the show received four standing ovations. The acting, the staging and the story held the audience’s attention. The young man who played the lead was fantastic.
Recommendation: Read the book and See the show!
March 4, 2013
I am going on vacation on Thursday, March 7th. I am going to London, England for a week. I have reached out to some Autism connections to learn about how special needs are addressed abroad. I will be very curious to see and hear what happens in a country different than our own.
I am also hoping to connect with classmates who live in London and other friends as well. It shall be an Amazing Journey.
March 1, 2013
For the better….at least in this one instance. The Jenks is showing life on a young man on the Autism Spectrum and his transition to adulthood struggles. Instead of the insipid music videos and reality TV, one can watch a reality show that is real. With one one in eighty-eight young people being diagnosed with Autism, more students are going to be facing or witnessing a sibling, relative or classmate struggling with transition issues. Food for thought: Try making the transition easier by being a friend and lending a helping hand.