The Tragedy Of Shaun And Kevin Healey Were Born Identical Twins
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On May 27th, 1974 Shaun and Kevin Healey were born identical twins. When people hear the word identical twins, they assume both children will be the same. Kevin and Shaun would probably have the same condition if the oxygen supply during Shaun’s birth hadn’t been interrupted causing him to have a Grand Mal Seizure. Because the seizure caused Shaun to have brain damaged he showed symptoms of Autism, and was diagnosed at the age of 18. Kevin knew that he didn’t think or act like most of the people around him, but he could never explain during his childhood why he felt so different until now.
When Kevin and Shaun were born, there wasn’t much known about autism and in 1974 the information available about autism wasn’t enough to diagnose them…show more content… When Kevin was four years old he became very outspoken. He remembers playing outside with his older brother Mark and was probably being too loud when the neighbor told them to quiet down. Kevin mother said she remembers him shouting to their neighbor “Get in your house and mind your own business” (Healey, 2008 p.3). His mother couldn’t believe the way he talked and told him it wasn’t appropriate. Kevin didn’t understand why it wasn’t appropriate because it was exactly how he felt. No one had ever explained social behavior to Kevin in a way he could understand.
At the age of seven Kevin dealt with misunderstanding and bullying. One of Kevin’s neighbors had a cat that had kittens. When Kevin found out he asked if he could see them. His neighbor told him that when they were a little bigger he would be able to see him. The next day he went back over to his neighbors and was told the same thing. This became confusing to Kevin because he was sure that they would be big enough, and he didn’t understand what “when they were bigger” meant. After hearing the neighbor repeat that he went back over the next day to only hear the same thing. After waiting three weeks Kevin was able to see the kittens, if the neighbors had given him a time span this would’ve helped him understand a little better.
Kevin enjoyed playing out on the street with other children. One day