…just finished watching a brilliant documentary about Autism. Along with wanting to be a pediatric neurosurgeon, I wanted to attend UNC Chapel Hill (the Autism Capital of the world) to obtain a degree in working with children diagnosed with Autism. In college, I spent my nights caring for two adults with Autism among their challenges. I had a real connection with these people. In my twenties, I worked in a specialized school for children with a myriad of challenges. I worked for a very long time with a girl named Beth. I spent very long days with her and recall many mountains that we climbed together. I can only hope that her memories of the time we worked together are a fraction as fond as mine. I grew a tremendous amount during my time teaching and caring for many individuals with this diagnosis. I recently revisited my intrigue of Autism. In doing so, I watched a compelling documentary called Loving Lampposts. You can view the documentary here:
I appreciated the perspectives shared and the shift of focus and energy that it emphasizes…check it out when you have a moment!
I truly did want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon…I am fascinated by the brain and by child development. I suppose, in my heart, I am a brain surgeon of sorts…I am a preschool teacher. That certainly lends itself to influencing growing minds now doesn’t it? And hey! I sometimes do wear gloves…and come to think of it, I scrub in many times a day!