I absolutely love the show The Good Doctor it comes on Monday nights on ABC. The show focuses on Dr Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital — a move strongly supported by his mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman. Having survived a troubled childhood, Shaun is alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, but he finds his niche using his extraordinary medical skill and intuition to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
This show intrigues me primarily because Dr Murphy is Autistic. I have quite a few amazing boys in my life who live on the spectrum. They are smart, serious, and very gifted. I often wish I could look into the future to see who they become. Is the life of a surgeon possible in the real world? Will they become artists, teachers, actors? There are so many options for children living on the spectrum now that the world is being educated.
According to Mayo Clinic Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity.
Over the next month I’m going to chat with a few of my friends who are “Living on the Spectrum.” Please stop by every Friday to learn more about Autism from a personal perceptive.
Until next time…