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His World Became Mine… A Story by Alexandria S-McQueen

Well, I’m back and this time I’m going back to an old post I did called “Autism, Narrative, and Character Development” that I didn’t really complete. I sort of just posted an outline of what I wanted to write down. Just to remind you of the assignment prompt:

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?

SO finally here it is…

As sound waves travel throughout the house to my ears, I roll over to the sun and smile. I think he’s trying to be the next Jimi Hendrix, and hopefully without the tragic ending. He’s always up earlier than me in the spring and summer. He lives for each day; you can see it in his eyes every time he sings into his little microphone. He knows all the latest hits from Maroon five to Lady Gaga. He is such a little music stud. He’s always so happy. I mean he loves to small and laugh. He even does this happy dance where he jumps up and down and move his feet from left to right. He has his bad days too. He usually has temper tantrums those days. I get up out the bed and head towards his room. When I open the door, he stops and looks at me. He smiles and waves. That is enough, it’s all I need to know that he loves me. I hear a loud bang noise and I rush upstairs to find out what happened. DeAndre was lying n the floor crying. He had broken his guitar by slamming it on the ground. I told him that he can’t do what Kid Rock does on the TV because it’s not good for the guitar, but he doesn’t understand that. After I said that, I could tell today will be a bad day for him. I wipe he’s tears and carry him off downstairs for breakfast.

“He has what we call Pervasive Developmental Diorder-Not Otherwise Specified. In short he is autistic and had PDD-NOS,” the doctor told me. Of course I didn’t understand then but now I know more about the disorder. Of course I thought the bad things that parents usually think when they find out their child isn’t normal or won’t be able to do the things regular kids do, but I got over that quick. I had to deal with it rather quickly because everyday he was growing up and doing different things.I had no time to be sad though I do get that way sometimes. What I feel isn’t important; it’s him who is important. I had to become an expert of my child and that’s what I did and everyday I’m still learning something new. I couldn’t ask for a better child.

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The thing most challenging about this was that I don’t have a child that is on the spectrum and I’m writing from the point of view of a parent, a mother no less that I know. I know this little boy and I’ve come to love him so it was really difficult to create something like this. Luckily I had help in writing about DeAndre from his mother and I used most of her description of DeAndre for this introduction.  If I were to continue the story I honestly don’t know where I would go with the story maybe input more interactions with family and friends and new people, but really I can’t say for sure because it’s hard to write about something that I don’t experience everyday so I just feel inadequate to write about it. I didn’t think of any of the readings for this introduction I purely just came up with a scenario and went with it and I like it.

I hope you enjoyed it.

Alexandria Spicer-McQueen

Hi DeAndre

 

Letter of Reflection

Dear Students of University of Michigan,

My name is Alexandria Spicer-McQueen and I am a fellow student here at the university. During Fall 2011 semester I enrolled in English 416: topics in disability cultures autism, culture, & representation, and in this class I learned so much about Autism Spectrum Disorder to say the least. We learned many different things from terministic screens to “curing” autism. Through this class I learned more about how everyone in this world is different, whether white or black “normal” or not “normal,” whether you are able-bodied or not, whatever the case is people are different and that shouldn’t be an excuse to ridicule, dislike someone or even treat them different.

The different things I learned about this disorder were fascinating. A lot of people are misinformed about autism and this class opened my eyes and see that I was one of those people that knew nothing about autism besides that it was a disorder that affected the brains of children and prevented them from learning and communicating. Boy was I wrong. I’ve learned that even if a child has autism doesn’t mean they’re mute to the world, and it doesn’t mean that they will never learn or communicate. I didn’t know this at all. Another thing I learned to pay attention to during this class was that children grow up. I never thought about adults with autism and now I do because my friend’s little brother has PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified), and I’ve always been curious about his disorder and how it will affect him when he grows older. The questions I have no answer to many people don’t as well and this class made me want to know more because I don’t think a lot of people like the unknown.

The final project for this class was to make a PSA and I chose to focus my PSA towards the student body because as college students there is so much that we do everyday we don’t really get to do anything outside of class work in the context of learning about new things own our own leisure. So I made up a student group named after my business and WordPress blog Black Circus, and made some events up to inform and educate students on Autism Spectrum Disorder. My goals for this sort of PSA is to get students to become involved in the cause and be aware of the things in this world because no one knows if their future child or children will have autism, so this is a way to become prepared to face that chance.

The one thing I learned about autism while doing my PSA was how easy it is to put together something like this and share it. All one has to do is put it out there and be committed and with my PSA I bring different options of learning about autism that I feel is very affective. I bring forth two informationals and movie nights and an interactive learning trip with a school for autistic students. All these events bring forth something different so my audience can participate and stay active and smile the whole way through these events.

Thank you for listening to what I had to say and I encourage you to come to these events and become aware of autism.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandria

 

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Autism, Narrative, and Character Development

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?

HOWEVER,

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!!

 

Something I came across on FB via Youtube… Truly Inspiring!

 

Autism Functions/The Function of Autism

Here’s another good article from my class readings. It was thought provoking like all the readings we’ve had thus far… Take a look for yourself!

Stuart Murray’s Article “Autism Functions/The Functions of Autism”

 

 

 

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