Better understanding character

24 May

In term 4 this year, my Year 11 Standard English students will start Year 12.  This means that we start a whole new set of texts.  One of the texts that we will study is Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The narrative is told from the perspective of a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.  As the experience of having Asperger’s Syndrome fundamentally shapes the boy’s perspective, modus operandi and method of storytelling, it is essential that students have an understanding of what that entails.

Today I stumbled upon this video in which a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome interviews his mother about what it is like to raise a child like him.  The questions from the child, the mother’s responses as well as the interaction between the two offer valuable insight into how Asperger’s Syndrome shapes personalities and lives.


2 Responses to “Better understanding character”


  1. Curious about ‘The Curious Incident’ and Christopher’s mind? | Once uPUN a time... - November 3, 2014

    […] mentioned previously on this blog, my Year 12 Standard English students will be studying Haddon’s The Curious […]


  2. ‘The Curious Incident’ trailer | Once uPUN a time... - November 5, 2014

    […] resources on Autism (see, for example, here), I would like to show them the trailer for the stage version of The Curious Incident.  As they […]


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