From the show’s writers – Claire LaZebnik

We all want things to go well for our kids, and sometimes we push harder than we should in our efforts to make that happen.  Michael’s mother gets a little too excited when her teenage son goes on his first date: her expectations are high as she drives the kids to and from their movie.  But because her son has autism, she panics and jumps in too quickly when the conversation starts to falter–and succeeds in making a bad situation worse.

I’m the mother of a teen on the autism spectrum so was able to draw on some personal experience for this fictional monologue.  I wanted to write something that was specifically about having a child with autism but would also resonate universally.  And one thing every parent of a teenager learns is that very few things are actually within our control and sometimes the best thing we can do for them is take a step back.
  • Anker

    Hi Claire, I love that your piece points to the universal feelings of hope and anxiety parents have for their kids as they begin to navigate the world on their own and the heightened emotions parents of special needs kids experience at each of their leaps into the unknown. 

  • tania dr

    While I read this whole article it really catch me into there as there has something on the writing factors which could let into a great thing in future.