Autism, Narrative, and Character Development

08 Nov

For this blog we were asked (to make it simpler rather than me screwing up the paraphrasing):

For this blog post, we’d like you to write an introduction (approx. 150-250 words) to your own Autistic character. You can compose this introduction in whatever form seems most fitting — an intro paragraph, a short scene, or dialogue. Then, in the remainder of your blog post, please reflect on this process (approx. 100-200 words). What about this was challenging? Easy? What ethical principles guided your representation? If you had more time or space to develop your character, what would you do or say? How did our class readings (especially Curious Incident) influence your character?


Since I’m late posting this assignment, I wanted to post just a… I guess guidelines to writing about my character, who is actually a real human being. Here I asked his mother and brother to write about how they see DeAndre (who I mentioned in my first blog). I told them to write a brief biography and other things abut DeAndre. What they thought he would be like? What would be his likes and dislikes? And other questions like that.

So I only got a response from DeAndre’s mom (brother sucks, lol) and this is what she has to say:

  • DeAndre is a 5 year old little boy who was diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. More specicifically he has a Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. In short it is ASD – PDD/NOS.

    DeAndre does not talk but he has ways of expressing his needs and wants. DeAndre is also a very happy little boy, he’s always showing his emotions whether happy or sad. He loves people and loves to smile and laugh. When he’s very happy he does what we call his “happy dance”, where he jumps up and down and move his feet, left and right. It makes you want to dance with him. He also loves to give hugs and kisses. He also has that other side where he expresses when he is upset or mad about something, he has temper tantrums.

    Because DeAndre loves music I think he would probably study music in college. He loves the guaitar and loves to mimic playing it. He has toy guaitars all over the place and hopefully when he able to comprehend a little more we can get him started in early guaitar lessons. He also loves to mimic singing in a microphone. He will use anything that stands and closely resembles a microphone to do his performances.

    At the rate he is going, with the love and support of family and friends as well as his teachers, doctors and therapist, I believe DeAndre will be able to overcome this disorder and live a fulfilling life. His future looks bright.

    I’ve decided when I actually get time from my way too busy life to catch back up, I will definitely come back to this assignment and write a real narrative.

    *I got this picture from LaBonita’s (DeAndre’s mother) Facebook page. Thank you for your help!!


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