We arrived in Austin, Minnesota last week to spend two full days talking to students at Austin High School, IG Holton Intermediate School and Ellis Middle School. Sponsored by Vision 20/20 and the Peer Power Partners Program, Brent shared his new presentation “Having Autism Gave me a Sense of Humor” with over 1,500 students.
The large group presentations were followed by small group sessions attended by Peer Power Partner mentors and mentees in each grade. Students were given 5 popular expressions such as, “Sugar Rush” and “Bad to the Bone” and asked to draw or describe them. Their “Sugar Rush” responses included such ideas as, “pieces of candy going down a slide,” “Sugar Rush Mountain from Wreck it Ralph” and “candy running in a race.” All of the unique responses are a fantastic way to show how we all interpret language differently – none being right or wrong. Brent also shared his “humor timeline” and students were asked to remember their first experiences with humor. They were encouraged to continue building their sense of humor. Each attendee received a personalized autograph copy of Unintentional Humor; Celebrating the Literal Mind®.
To read more about Brent’s impact in Austin, Minnesota read the article by Jenae Hackensmith in the Austin Daily Herald Article