This is a very important post, I think, because it speaks to the individuality of each child (special needs or not), and our responsibility as parents to find the balance between protecting them by teaching them how to “fit in”/navigate society, and forcing them to be something they are not because we THINK it will make life easier. Life is never easier when you are not allowed to be who you are.
My child is not typical.
Trying to force her to be something that she’s not doesn’t work.
Let’s play a game, shall we?
Hey, mom, you need to be autistic now.
Don’t worry; we’ll show you how. We’re going to give you therapy to make you autistic.
But I’m not autistic.
Not really relevant.
We’re going to teach you to act autistic.
That’s not who I am.
Yeah, we know, but you’re going to have to get used to it.
But it’s NOT WHO I AM.
No, it’s not.
It hurts to be told that who you are is not okay.
That how you see the world is .. wrong.
That how you act is … wrong.
That how you express excitement, show fear, communicate joy, share sadness, and, and, and .. are wrong.
It is a life of No.
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