Devereux Pennsylvania parent writes poems about family’s journey with disabilities
Amy Sieberer, whose 20-year-old son, Jason, is enrolled in a residential program at the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania Children’s Services center, uses poetry as an outlet to express her thoughts and feelings about her family’s journey with disabilities, and as a way to let other parents and caregivers know they are not alone.
“Jason has intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), while my daughter, Lilly, who is transgender, has high-functioning autism,” Amy shared. “I use my poems to connect with people and educate them on the impact autism spectrum disorder and I/DD can have on families. Writing poetry has brought me a great deal of comfort – being able to focus on something else, like structure and rhyme, has helped me when challenging situations occur.”
Look below to read two of Amy’s heartfelt and insightful poems.
My World of Spectrums
My world consists of a number of Spectrums;
I am asked how I cope with all 3 separate Spectrums;
It seems you assume that my Spectrums have choices.
My young Spectrum’s made of 2 beautiful colors;
I am asked how I still love all of my Spectrums;
I say to you all that we’re given a blessing;
An Ode to Autism Awareness
I can’t imagine who made the choice,
If you are willing and have patience to spare,
My ASD loved ones have learned how to laugh,
I’ve spent my life learning the language not said.
Autism brings out the artist in me;
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