-Tears for Fears (but obv I like Gary Jules' cover better)***
The Autism world is a Mad World. A mad, mad, mad, mad world. One of the most maddening things about Autism, developmental delay, whatever you wanna call it, is that you never know what you're gonna get. Just like my friend Susan always says, "gimme two days that are the same." You know that Forrest Gump quote, "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"?? Well, a kid with ASD is like a box of chocolates, too. Because yesterday was an awful day. Awful. Today? Fabulous. I'm talking a-may-zing. My bird has had no accidents (day's not over, I know), and she had the most wonderful session with her play tutor: initiating, following through, keeping engagement, and really playing. This morning she was at school when the director of special needs was giving a tour to an interested parent. They passed Little Bird's class walking to gym, and the director pointed out the kid with special needs in the class (LB), who was walking along and holding hands with her BFF, looking like any other kid. And right at that moment, as the mom looked over at the bird, LB wrapped her arms around her friend for a big hug. I think she was probably sold on the inclusion program right then and there. I think Little Bird should get a commission, no?
I remember that process. The feeling that my kid should be included with typical kids, to learn and grow along with them and from them; the fears that (s)he'll look, behave, learn differently and not fit in; the 'is this the right thing', 'what if it doesn't work out', 'there's no way my kid could do this... or is there' questions. I felt all those feelings a year ago right now when I first considered enrolling her in the inclusion program. When you're IN IT, it's just so hard to see any progress. But when I look back at that process we endured a year ago, and where she is now at school, it's pretty awesome.
***Do yourself a favor and click on the link in the lyrics. Great video.