The tour of the Puzzle Box Academy facilities would have only taken 10 minutes tops had the school not been open yet. As it was, we were an hour or so into the school day, and everyone needed Pam’s attention.
“Pam, we’ve got a new ad-blocker set up on the computers, school-wide.”
“Pam, I can’t wait to tell you about the interviewee from last week.”
“Miss Pam, look at my shirt!”
“Should I make extra lunches for you and your guest?”
“The last Facebook post got 50 likes already!”
“How was your morning?”
“How was your weekend?”
“Who’s your friend?”
(Questions about me were delayed, if asked at all. My dear friend and owner of the Puzzle Box Academy schools, Pamela Holz is the Queen Bee, and I was perfectly content to be a fly on the wall.)
If you picked up this book, someone in your life is on the spectrum. Maybe your eyes were drawn to the cover as you passed the bookshelf or clicked through the site, and the image stayed with you for an hour or a day or a week, so you returned. Maybe there was no hesitation, or maybe this was recommended to you. Whatever the circumstance, you have questions. Several things in your life aren’t adding up, and all the loose ends seem to stem from the knots of strings that is the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and not only how it will affect your child, your sibling, your friend, or yourself, but how it will affect the village that surrounds this person’s spot on the spectrum.
Devin Overman is a screenwriter, author, and freelance writer. Her first screenplay, Immaculate, advanced at the Austin Film Festival in 2015, where she went on to consult in 2016 and 2017. Her newest project, Falling Into the Sound (Korean title: 음에 천천히 떨어지다), has been optioned by Little Studio Films in association with Nite Lite Pictures. She’s been interviewed and quoted by MTV on the cross-over between music and literature.