FC: Paige's Socialization
1: When I was 2 years old I was diagnosed with Autism. My parents worked very hard to help me be able to go to school like a normal kid by the time I started Kindergarten. In this book you will see most of my socialization was done when I was small.
2: I was born first to Kurt and Michelle Yanik. Because I was born first, I am more responsible about things such as cleaning and being on time. I am also more active then my brother (Kyle, 14) when it comes to extracurricular activities and trying new things. My mother was born in Saint Ann, Jamaica. My father was born in Stamford,Connecticut.I am mixed because of their different races.
4: Family Socialization Deliberate My mom has been teaching me manners since I was small, she always made sure my brother and I said please and thank you, especially around adults. But when I was little I didn't understand when my friends and family were sarcastic. Ex: dad used to jokingly say he would "send me to the gypsies". Dad was trying to get me to understand when people are joking, many people with autism don't understand sarcasm. Now I can understand different people's senses of humor. Unintended Some things that my parents gave me to eat a lot when I was small I either hate or still love. Ex: I love rice but I am annoyed by Kraft Mac and Cheese. Sometimes Dad's sarcasm would hurt my feelings. But he would explain later that he was only kidding.
5: A family in harmony will prosper in everything.
7: School Socialization School has been a way for me to practice working hard through tests, projects, or assignments, So I can be prepared for when I m given a task when I have a job. At age 2 1/2 I was diagnosed with autism. Because of this diagnosis,I had to start a structured play group (therapy) immediately. In these sessions I learned to sit still at a desk, follow directions, work on tasks, and learn life skills. Then at age 3, I started a special education preschool in the public school. There, I learned to focus in order to learn, interact with my peers, and had speech and occupational therapy. By the time I turned 5, I had progressed so well that I was ready to start a mainstream kindergarten class. I started kindergarten with an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan). I had speech therapy until 3rd grade and academic assistance until 5th grade. I was enrolled in academic assistance in middle school but did not really need it. By 7th grade, I was discharged from the IEP because I no longer needed it.I made the honor roll consistently without help.
9: Right now, the extracurriculars I am part of here at school are Theater and Chorus. I started both of these in my freshman year (last year). The productions I have performed in so far in Southeast Raleigh are "Cinderella" and "The Christmas Carol" Today, I play the coach's wife in the musical "Footloose" which will be performed April 11-13. Both of these hobbies have really helped be raise by confidence. When i first started singing in chorus,I was very shy when it came to singing, but the more time I spent learning techniques, the more comfortable I became. I've met some great friends through chorus and theater. I hope that one day i will have the lead in a musical. After I graduate college, I hope to have a degree in music, I would like to have a career in music, I am interested in having a job with music therapy or being a performer.
10: Peers Positive: I've always chosen friends who are supportive of me. Many of my friends also give great advice. My peers have also pushed me to try new things. Having peers was a huge part of my therapy when I was younger, because it taught me how to socialize with others. Negative: I live in Cary, and most of my peers live in Raleigh, which is farther away. Sometimes it is inconvenient fro my parents because since I don't have drivers license yet they have to drive to Raleigh when I plan to get together with my peers.
12: Mass Media Positive: Shows I've watched when i was smaller such as "Barney" and "Sesame Street" have taught me some life skills such as manner, counting, and reading. Also some hobbies or interests that characters did influenced me to do the same thing. Ex: Elmo has a pet goldfish named Dorothy, when my brother and I saw this it inspired us to get our own bettafishes. Negative: Media such as fashion magazines, advertisements, tv shows, etc. sometimes make me feel self conscience about how I look Ex:Weight. Also certain tv shows make me want to rethink my values. (I'm not suggesting their "bad" shows I just don't agree with the characters opinions)
14: My family is very structured, sometimes they can be strict, but I know its because they want the best for me. I was raised to be Christian, so I attend and volunteer at my church a lot. My family and my faith in Jesus Christ have shaped me to have the following values:
15: My Culture/ Values | Humanitarianism: I try to kind to other people and to be friendly. I love doing things to help citizens in need. Ex: Last Summer I went to the Dominican Republic with some of the members of my church to be part of a summer camp for children who were victims of human trafficking. I also have been part of many church outreaches. | Education: I try my hardest when it comes to school because I know that later on in life a college degree will help me start a great career. Also being in school has helped me discover more about my interests and my skills.