About“Welcome the The SPA!”, is not something you would expect to hear stepping into a support group for parents of children with autism. But this is not your average support group. Brittany leads a weekly meeting in a suburban church basement where she navigates the social anxieties, quirks and confrontations of parents who are struggling to find support and connection amid the challenges of raising a child with special needs.
Playwright’s WordWho has the right to define social normality? How far off of the scale of social norms does one have to be before they are considered to have a disorder? What about those who sit on the border? These are questions I first confronted in a university class on Abnormal Psychology. And they’re questions I’m still asking today. After earning my degree specializing in Developmental Psychology, I spent years working with children with autism and their families. I am now a proud parent to three children, one of whom has a double diagnosis of ADHD and ASD (autism spectrum disorder). Having experience on both sides of the therapy table, I was inspired to share the sometimes hilarious and sometimes heart wrenching perspective of parents of children with autism. Parents who are seeking out connection, and finding that perhaps the apple doesn’t fall so far from the tree after all.
Sarah is a local actor, playwright, and founding member of the theatrical collective Clowns With Issues. Her short play, Laughter, was produced by Urban Stories Theatre in February of 2019.
With a background in communication studies and her four-year BA in psychology, Sarah has spent the last year taking classes at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio and acting in four local theatre productions, including the lead role of Florence Unger in St. Peter’s Players production of The Odd Couple: Female Version by Neil Simon.