Autism has dominated the ups and downs yet again this week. I'm glad that autism awareness month (April) has finished because I get upset that so many people are so aggressive about autism awareness and acceptance and I can't listen to them.
So it was wonderful to realise that one of the characters in this book probably has autism, even though the word has not been mentioned so far. He is a clearly a little different, but his brothers and sisters just accept it, work around his differences and help him to exploit his strengths. I've not seen a better way to promote autism acceptance than this. In this story, he's just another kid.
No big deal is made out of it. No-one is angry, no one is preaching about how he should be labelled or not. No-one is prescribing treatments, He is just a part of the family. I'm loving it! Though he hasn't had any meltdowns yet...
So what else has been making me feel cheerful this week?
- Smiley is really getting into PECS. I'm just using the pictures to show her what is happening next, but I hope to introduce choices soon. The good news is that she is now looking for her schedule.
- She also has two new consonants - a 'G' and a rolling 'R'. She hasn't put them together yet though!
- All my children got out and enjoyed themselves over the bank holiday weekend.
- The unexpected kindness of friends that, once again, had me in floods of tears (I don't mind happy crying).
- A proper night's sleep, waking up when I was ready instead of being startled out of sleep by my alarm clock or my children.
- The weather changing from sleet showers on Friday to deep blue skies on Monday.
|Not my house, sadly!|