The only hands quiet at the Minetta Lane Theatre are those depicted in the picture above. When the curtain fell at the off-Broadway show Fallling, the audience erupted in resounding applause. Falling is a new play that depicts the challenges faced in one ordinary night for a family with autism. Playwright and mother of a child with autism Deana Jent says, “It’s not just a play written to educate people about autism, it’s about asking questions, loving someone who’s hard to love and trying to get through life.”
No person who sees Falling will leave the theatre the same as they entered. It is a must see not only for all clinicians and parents affected by autism, but even more importantly for anyone who doesn’t really know what autism is. Even those families affected by autism familiar with the behavioral challenges will be touched by this inspirational and award winning new play. Having been a behavior analyst at CARD for more than four years, I thought I got it. Every day, I help teach parents strategies for redirecting behaviors such as “quiet hands” depicted in the picture above or replacement behaviors such as a box of feathers falling from the ceiling, which might have been one inspiration for the name Falling.
However, it was the first time I was able to see what really happens when therapists go home and leave parents to implement the behavior plans we develop. Falling sheds light on the the affects of autism on siblings, the ability of families to do something as simple as entertain guests for the weekend, and how a mother’s dream for her child can seem lost to a diagnosis of autism.
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