KENILWORTH, NJ – Tiffany Broskoskie, 17, is in the twelfth grade at ECLC of New Jersey and is writing a poetry book because she wants to show the world she has a voice and to inspire other people with autism. She found a love for writing poetry five years ago when she was introduced to the Rapid Prompt Method. Developed by an Indian mother Soma Mukhopadhyay, RPM is a pseudoscientific technique that involves continuous, fast-paced questioning, prodding, and engaging with the use of an alphabet board for spelled communication that aids communication by people with autism. Tiffany looks at a laminated alphabet board, points to each letter and then types it on her iPad or on her laptop. It takes some time because she spells each word letter by letter. She was inspired to write by her mom and tutor Danielle. “They are my rock with a heart of gold and my dad has also encouraged me to keep writing because I’m talented he says. My long-term goal is to be a master poet and to publish many books." At the moment Tiffany has written eighteen poems and five essays. TAPinto Kenilworth had the opportunity to speak with Tiffany about her ambitions and poems.
Please tell me more about yourself.
I was so shy in my younger years until I was able to open up to the world with my voice of writing. I’m a person who loves to laugh and I like to watch TV shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. I love spending time with my family and I like going on vacations with them so that I can visit different places in the world. My favorite sports teams are the NY Yankees, NJ Devils, NY Red Bulls, and the Chicago Bears. My favorite subjects in school are Math and Reading.
You have a very extensive vocabulary. Where do you learn all your words from?
My words come from my dreams while I’m sleeping and my happiness of enjoying my world. I dedicate my words to my Grandma B who encourages me in spirit while in heaven.
Besides writing, what are your other favorite hobbies?
I play the piano and take lessons once a week. I like soccer, hiking, baking cookies, helping with cooking, going to the mall, and I love to read books.
After you finish school what would you like to do?
I want to go to college and take English Literature courses and learn a trade in computers and in math. I love math. I can calculate figures in my head without a calculator.
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
I want to be an aspiring famous writer with a few published books and to live in a beautiful house on a gorgeous beach
Tiffany has a note about herself for her readers to know in regard to her poems.
This note is for you, the reader, the public, the strangers, the people who do not know who I am. I cannot verbally express how incredibly complex my mind is and how vividly bright my thoughts are.I write poems about the tranquil ocean waves and the bright summer sun. My work contains themes of nature and animals, bravery, and disability. I can communicate and convey how my disability is not disabling in the slightest, but a given ability to not take any second, any emotion, any beautiful sunset, or serene nature walk for granted. I write my poetry to share what is in my mind, my heart, and my body. One day soon, I will offer my full work to the world and the readers will be able to see my soul one poem at a time.
Tiffany concluded her interview sharing one of her poems
ALL OVER AGAIN
ANOTHER POEM ABOUT THE SUN, THE SAND, AND THE OCEAN, DEDICATED
TO ANOTHER SUMMER THAT INSPIRES MY SOUL TO SPEAK.
ANOTHER SEASON OF SURF AND SHORE THAT FILLS EVERY OUNCE OF MY BODY
WITH A RENEWED ENERGY TO CARRY ME THROUGHOUT THE HOT MONTHS LIKE
THE TIDE CARRIES SEASHELLS TO THE SEASHORE.
LIKE A LIGHTENING BOLT OF SUNSHINE AND GOOD TIMES, ANOTHER JUNE,
JULY AND AUGUST GRAB MY ATTENTION LIKE A SUN’S TAPPING ME ON THE SHOULDER.
ANOTHER BEACH WEEK RELAXES MY BODY AND MIND LIKE A BUBBLE OF SALTY
OCEAN MIST ENVELOPING ME IN A SOOTHING HUG.
YET ANOTHER SAND COVERED PATHWAY BENEATH MY TIRED FEET PULLS ME
FURTHER TOWARDS THE FRIENDLY OCEAN LIKE I AM FLOATING ON A BEACHY
BEIGE MAGIC CARPET.
ANOTHER SIMILE AND ANOTHER METAPHOR TO DESCRIBE MY IMMENSE AND
EVERLASTING LOVE FOR THE VAST BLUE OCEAN, COOL AND TRANQUIL FOR MY
FINALLY UNDISTURBED AND SERENE MENTALITY.