Dying/broken/forgiven.... now I begin

Born: 17-06-56....gemini.... monkey
re-born: 3-09-80
born again\found: 14-04-08
other notable dates: 10-03-68; 03-09-87; 23-03-96;
1-05-98; 31-01-02; 5-04-04

Interests: movement, stressed/transgressive embodiment, lived experience (body\space\time\relation)
expression ( word, dance, text, image, story, music, poetics)
learning, yielding......

Hopes for the blog:
offer up the wild intersectedness of lived experience and engage others in creative, expressive, perhaps irreverant, hopefully playful, and respectful encounters....
enact kindness
create moments of pause for disclosure, discovery, stillness

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Campers

Summer stretches out like molasses for the children with whom I have been working for the past 35 years. The past decade or so has been somewhat different because I made a decision to do something about the interminable anguish that many of these kids experience. Meet the happy campers who have been attending my Summer Movement camp for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for the past 13 years. Obviously, I cannot disclose any names, places or any other identifiers... this population is vulnerable enough as it is without leaving them prey to the caprice of the internet. What I'd like to do over the next few posts is describe some of what happens: the joys, the absurdities and the gut- wrenching sorrows. I'd like to give you an insider's perspective on what it's like to be at " autism camp" ( as the kids affectionately call it).
Hang on... it can be quite the ride!

6 comments:

  1. Hi harlequin, I am glad you posted again, and an interesting thing you tell here. It is nice from you to try and to something for those asd boys, it must be hard being with them, but you can make a difference, and that must feel great. I have a great blogging friend who I recomend you to check or consult if you have doubts about about what to do in certain cituations with them it is called patientanonymous.wordpress.com, she has asperger, which is on the light side of the spectrum of these desease.

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  2. Yes, looking forward to reading about this. Hope you enjoy writing about it too.

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  3. Thank you so much for doing this, Harlequin. I'll pass these posts along to my daughter.

    What's the emoticon for great big hug?

    :)

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  4. wow- thanks for the interest and comments; I will most certainly enjoy telling stories about the great kids and young adults who attend my camp.

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