About Me

I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not chelate, intervene biochemically, give shots of any kind, practice ABA, etc. We treat them as we treat any humanbeing. We treat them with kindness and respect and expect the same from them. They are exceptional children.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I'M ALREADY THERE....

In a perfect world, all people, including those with disabilities would be accepted by all people.
Today, as I was standing in line, with my children, at the San Antonio Zoo, a little girl walked by us and said, "Hi Kiernan....look Mama, Kiernan's here".
I asked the little girl how she knew Kiernan and she proudly said, "Kiernan is in my first grade class".
She then proceeded to ask Kiernan, "Kiernan, do you love the zoo"?
Of course, Kiernan did not answer...he is non-verbal. I don't think she notices he is non-verbal, I believe she thinks he is exactly like her.
Throughout the day, we would pass her and her family...the little girl would run up to Kiernan and say things like, "Kiernan, don't you just love the zoo"?, "Kiernan did you see the elephants"?, "Kiernan, how is your day going"?, etc.
I did not think about it until my ride home back to Austin. I have worked so hard to make sure my children were accepted by their peers and their community. Thanks to this beautiful little blonde-haired Angel...I AM ALREADY THERE.

3 comments:

lastcrazyhorn said...

*sigh* That is a nice story. Thank you for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

That's great--I really like it when kids can cut through all the junk and hang-ups that adults seem to dwell on.

LAA and Family said...

How sweet of her to say hello and talk to Kiernan!

That is one of the things I miss about my son being in school, all of his nice classmates. He was with the same children for three school years. We frequently had (and still have) classmates come up and say hello at the grocery store.