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Who We Are
Recognizing Children’s Gifts was founded to promote and enhance the development of infants and young children with special needs between the ages of birth to adolescence. We offer one of the most comprehensive programs in Virginia, offering services in a center based environment in addition to providing services in the home.
We have often been questioned about our name. Some autistics have criticized the name stating “autistics are not missing anything”. Some parents and individuals react to the puzzle piece claiming “my child is a person not a puzzle”. Well being a parent myself I can tell you typical or not all my children at some point have puzzled me.
August 2016: Spamalot
Hello, Internet! Cole here. Last month, Mom took me to Dogwood Dell to see a local performance of Eric Idle’s “Spamalot”. We spent the evening waiting in the hot, humid outdoor amphitheater for the show to begin. Finally, after about an hour or so of excited anticipation, a bubbly young lady took the stage and announced to the eager audience that the show was cancelled due to inclement weather; everyone was upset by this, but I suppose that the lightning bolts flashing through the clouds were a relatively good sign of approaching difficulties.
About a week later, the play was held a second time. This time, save for a short blackout in the middle of the second act, the play managed to run until the end.
In my opinion, the play was pretty good. I had a few issues with it, but at the end of the day it made up for them with its high-quality set design and notable acting. This sort of vague observation isn’t fitting for a review, though; therefore, I’ll be dissecting the production based on various theatrical merits.
This play was Monty Python member Eric Idle’s theatrical adaptation of the iconic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail; as such, most of the production’s storyline is lifted therefrom. The story revolves around King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table searching for the Holy Grail. It tends to lose focus on this goal, gravitating towards the misadventures of the Knights and towards Arthur’s secondary quest to appease the Knights who say Ni by bringing them a Broadway production (meta-humor), but this is acceptable because, after all, the play is more focused on humor than on anything else. In the end, the Grail is ultimately found in the audience (more meta-humor), Lancelot is revealed to be gay and marries a prince whom he rescued in a prior scene, and Arthur marries the Lady of the Lake (whose role is emphasized significantly more in this production than in the preexisting movie.)
The narrative wasn’t my favorite part of the play. A lot of its jokes are pulled, in some form or another, from the original movie; this would be alright if you haven’t seen it or are very nostalgic, but otherwise it’s more or less the same jokes heard again, so they aren’t quite as potent. This play does have new material, though, such as the fish-slap dance in the introduction and “The Song That Goes like This.” This new material is relatively funny, but a lot of it revolves around pop culture references, which I don’t really like when they’re used primarily for comedy, and meta-humor, which is quite difficult to do properly; it’s easy to point out common tropes as they happen within the story, of course, but it’s tricky to joke about the medium in a unique and clever way. This play did it… fairly well, but it could have been done a bit better.
The actors did very well. Not only were their characters expressive and well-defined – Lancelot was a ham, King Arthur was commanding and lofty – but they also maintained foreign accents most of the time, which is no easy feat if one doesn’t naturally have a foreign accent. There were some slips, but for the most part even the louder characters managed to hold their accents. The musical segments were performed moderately well, too – they weren’t utterly exemplary, but they were fitting (except you, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” You fit in Life of Brian, but you were a stretch here.).
Stage Design/Production Value
The stage was not as good as the one for Peter and the Starcatchers, but it was good in its own right. It was shaped like the interior (or exterior, perhaps?) of a castle, which was fitting because of the many scenes set near castles. There were also prop trees that were moved in for certain scenes to make a “very expensive forest”. The actors all had lovingly designed costumes – King Arthur and his Knights were dressed in well-made prop armor, and the Lady of the Lake wore a bright teal gown that glittered in the lights of the stage. The technical aspect of the play had problems, though. Aside from the aforementioned blackout – which couldn’t be said to be the troupe’s fault – there were some problems with the microphones; sometimes they would seemingly shut off temporarily, leaving the actors temporarily inaudible. Despite these issues, however, the actors still performed as normal, which is not an easy thing to do.
I give this play an 8.8 out of 10. It was very good in terms of production value, acting and persistence, but flaws such as uncomfortable cultural references and foggy narrative prevent it from truly resonating with me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would have, but I can recognize it as a good play that has had a lot of effort put into it, and for that I can respect it. Thanks for reading, Internet, and I’ll be seeing you!
1. Bedtime Routine
This will be so important to start practicing before the first day. Getting to bed earlier, waking up earlier and having their clothes out the nigh before will be sure to help mornings run more smoothly. The sooner any routine is in place, the better all will be.
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This month we chose 3 books geared for the middle school readers.
I Funny: A Middle School Story
by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Laura Park
The main character is Jamie Grimm, he is a middle schooler on a mission: to become the world’s greatest standup comedian. He’s moved to a new in town and living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. The story is a great read.
Tips and strategies to help your student manage back to school jitters.
While the first day of school is likely one that is met with nervous anticipation and anxiety for many, children with learning differences, ADHD, or behavioral disorders may struggle more with this important milestone. There are ways to help make the transition gentler on the child and easier on you as you prepare to send them out the door to school.
Editor’s Note- Lisa Ann is an amazing mom, friend and Autism Warrior, when she reached out to ask if she could write to share this lesson, I had mixed feelings, the first was joy, as I have wanted her words to be a part of KNOWDifferent for a long time. The next emotion was sadness, sadness that a family had this happen in the town we live in, by people we could know and it easily could have been me and my family. I am turning my sadness into deeper commitment. I am not going away, I will fight with all my words to get our kids accepted and safe. With warriors like Lisa Ann – there will be NO stopping us.
The SpeakUp5k race series was the dream of Cameron Gallagher, a 16-year-old from Richmond, Virginia, living with depression and anxiety. She set as a personal goal to run a half-marathon, and she completed the Shamrock Half-Marathon in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on March 16, 2014. She crossed the finish line, embraced her parents, and collapsed. Cameron passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition.