Sara Anderson

Character Sara
Gender: Female
Race: Autistic Wood Elf
Age: 34
Class: Druid
Alter-Ego House Plant
Background: Astral Drifter

Abilities:

  • Excitability
  • Calmness
  • Silliness
  • Chattiness
  • Head in the Cloud Imagination

Skill Proficiencies:

+5 Animal Handling
+10 Perception: notice every changes in the environment
-10 Charisma in neurotypical conversation
-5 Sensory constitution except in nature
+5 Facial expressions only ND kids found funny

Alignment and Personality:

Moral Alignment: Neutral Good

Ideal: I value all living creatures equally. I don’t think humans are superior to other animals.

Bonds: I am incredibly sensitive to the suffering of living things.

Flaws: I can become judgemental towards people who take pleasure in hurting animals. I also throw up when I get anxious.

 

Interests:

Video Games: Mario Brothers, decorating houses in Sims

Spending time in nature

Spending time with my dog

Wild plants

Hyperfocus: Painting

 

Feats and Specialties

Achievements:

  • The Slime Master
  • Queen of Not-Awkward Silence
  • Frequent Flyer Program of Deer in the Headlight Syndrome

Information for Parents and Caregivers:

Sara’s story begins in a small town where her family owned a funeral home. Growing up surrounded by the somber atmosphere, she found solace in the playful company of her grandparents, who brought joy to every corner of the funeral home. Sara played amidst caskets and helped maintain the space, developing a curiosity about death and the profound sadness that followed. Intrigued by the lives people lived, she found herself engrossed in reading obituaries, studying the pictures of those who had passed, and questioning the meaning of life.

At school, Sara struggled to fit in. Her teachers labelled her as shy, claiming she often had her head in the clouds. Earning the high school award, “Living with the Cows”. Confused, overwhelmed and saddened by societal expectations, Sara continued to follow her unique perspective on life.

Her escape from the challenges of school life came through spending time with her beloved dogs, her constant companions. She cherished the moments with her siblings, cooking with her grandparents, and enjoying weird comedy movies.

Art, the elven language of expression, came to be Sara’s enchanted staff, a conduit through which she channels the energies of her evolving soul. Animals, steadfast companions in her woodland stay, share in the harmony of her existence. The tales whispered by the leaves and the rustling woods still guide her, offering a sense of continuity in the ever-shifting winds of life. 

Yet, within Sara’s enchanting tapestry, threads of shadow lurked. The vibrant colours often masked the subtle hues of her struggles, as she grappled with feelings of unworthiness that seeped into the recesses of her soul like a chilling mist. The chaotic, fast-paced world outside the funeral home felt like a tempest that threatened to sweep away the delicate petals of her existence.

As Sara tiptoed through the societal masquerade, the art of masking became a formidable dance. Behind a veil of smiles and nods, she concealed the torrents of self-doubt and insecurity that raged within. The weight of this silent burden bore down on her, leading to a profound sense of isolation.

The world seemed to move at a pace she couldn’t match, a whirlwind of expectations and judgments that left her feeling lost in the world. The struggle to navigate this turbulent sea of existence forged chains of severe depression, binding her to a realm where she felt imprisoned. 

Sara’s journey eventually led her to this neurodivergent-affirming clinic, where she could channel her unique experiences and insights into supporting others. As an expressive arts therapist, she empowers children and adults to explore their emotions, communicate in non-linear ways, and navigate the complexities of their neurodivergent identities.

Today, Sara continues to be guided by the lessons learned in the funeral home, the playfulness of her grandparents, the warmth of her dogs, and the healing power of nature. The woodland symphony of her existence, woven with the threads of art, nature, and animals, plays on, inviting those who encounter her story to join her in the ongoing quest for understanding, aliveness, and the magic that lies within the journey itself.

Sara, one of our talented play therapists, embodies a neurodivergent approach to communication and interaction, which brings a special dimension to her work with children.

Neurodivergent Communication: Sara’s communication style reflects her neurodivergent attributes, offering a unique perspective in her field. She excels in non-verbal communication and creating a therapeutic space where actions often speak louder than words. This approach aligns perfectly with many children who find comfort in having the demand for communication neurotypically removed.

Sara begins her therapeutic journey with children by adopting a ‘small start’ approach. Initially, she maintains a quiet, unobtrusive presence, allowing the child to lead while she observes and follows their cues. This gentle, respectful start helps in building trust and comfort. As the therapeutic relationship strengthens, Sara gradually ‘unmasks’, matching the child’s intensity and expressions in a way that resonates with them. Her approach evolves responsively, mirroring the growing connection and understanding with each child, thereby creating a deeply personalized and effective therapeutic experience.

Understanding the importance of keeping parents informed, Sara has developed an efficient and accessible approach to communication. While she may not engage in traditional, direct neurotypical communication with parents efficiently and successfully, Sara is committed to maintaining an open line of communication with parents. She provides detailed updates and insights into your child’s progress through asynchronous channels like email or text, ensuring you are informed and involved in your child’s journey, at a pace that respects both her working style and your need for information.

Cherish Clinic provides Sara with communication support as needed, and parents are encouraged to reach out to the team for assistance.