Dec 22, 2007
Let's remember the Ability in disAbility. . Our children are capable of seeing and hearing and sensing deep things that just pass by most of us. I consider this a great asset.
Let me illustrate: once upon a time, I got ice cream and spent two hours with my daughter in the parking lot watching ants carry a piece of my pecan sundae away. First one ant, then a few, then a swarm carried that nut across the rough terrain. This nut was huge (to an ant, anyway). Awesome! What teamwork! All of this was accomplished with non-verbal communication! I wanted for once to see what she sees in these creepy crawly critters. Hey, if there is anything to stim on, ants rule! I didn't care what others thought; it was just us and the ants.
The rest of the family got tired of watching all this and drove home. She and I walked home two hours later. All the while we were talking about her favorite subject -- bugs. Just like a Bill Bixby scene from Eddie's Father! What's my point? Get to know your child; both you and your child will learn things you never dreamed.
(About the illustration: My daughter drew this a long time ago with Windows Petz. I hope she won't mind)