Introduction: Ricki Robinson, MD
Presenters: Joyce Show, MD; Peter Tran; Anie Knipping and Jeremy Sicile-Kira
Dr. Ricki Robinson will begin this panel with a brief discussion about the neuroscience of creativity and, in particular, the amazing ways that individuals with autism express their view of the world through creative channels. Dr. Joyce Show will then share how she sought support for her son Peter in typing to communicate, and the changes it brought to their family and Peter’s life and development especially as his creativity emerged. Anie Knipping, a visual artist and writer, and Peter Tran, a high school student and poet, along with Jeremy Sicile-Kira, a writer and painter, will then share how creativity and arts has impacted their lives. Through writing, painting, poetry and other avenues, each panelist’s neurodiversity has contributed to the beauty and individuality of their art. Peter’s essay and poems about his life’s journey will be read, and Anie and Jeremy will each comment about their art and the role of it has played in their lives as neurodiverse individuals.