“Children on the autism spectrum are given space to grow at their own pace. There is no forcing them to do anything. I have taken this to heart. I have learned to accept my processes, even if at some point I thought they were wrong or not good enough. These children have healed me of judging myself, of comparing myself to other women, they have shown me the importance of silence. They have given me space to create. So many children on the autism spectrum have creative gifts, they are amazing artists, singers, and creatives. They have gifts, and they have made me shine the line on my own gifts.” Well said, Shane!
On Your Beautiful Child Radio I have asked many guests “what does autism mean to you,” There were many answers. My answer is FREEDOM. Today the official Autism Awareness Day. I realize how deeply this answer rings true. Because of autism, I have a work schedule I create, I have traveled and connected with amazing families, I have purpose and passion in my life, I have permission to create and just be.
My first student (with autism) was non-verbal and had many “stimming” repetitive behaviors and echolalia. I began to see a young boy do whatever he needed and wanted to do to make himself happy. He was not offfected by the judgements of others. He did not follow what was “appropriate.” He was also not impressed with my cool toys, my happy smile or my eagerness to work with him. He could not naturally be re-directed or manipulated…
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