Composing Poetry and a Writer’s Identity: Positive Social Updrafts in a Community of Writers

  • Christine M. Dawson
Part of the Palgrave Studies In Play, Performance, Learning, and Development book series (PPLD)


As a young man on the autism spectrum, Scott may have seemed to be silent, with a broad chasm separating him from his talkative peers. Scott’s autistic makeup significantly limited his use of oral language, requiring him to type on a computer or handheld device as a primary communicative mode. Because Scott communicated primarily through the written word, it could be easy to focus overly on his “disability” and not see his many abilities. Yet through his creative writing, and perhaps especially his poetry, Scott has been able to build a bridge between himself and others, enabling him to influence their lives and to participate actively in the world around him.


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  • Christine M. Dawson
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  1. 1.Skidmore CollegeSaratoga SpringsUSA

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