This was written by Pat Philpot on his Facebook page…nuff said!
Keyper had yet another stellar day at school. I love what his teacher did today. Combined Keyper’s love of the iPad, with a few pictures of the other kids in the class and something that each kid likes. For example one of the boys likes cars. So she wrote the boys name on the paper and that he likes cars. So each kid had their name and what they like on a separate sheet of paper. Then, she would scroll through the pictures and have Keyper select the correct identity. What a simple, yet brilliant way to help Keyper not only learn names, but something about each person…..
“Rockstar” ( teachers nick name) was surprised that he learned them all in one day. I was not surprised.
I also love listening to the teacher/instructors talk about how amazed they are at K as they are learning more about him. Laura & I just smile because we know how brilliant he is.
Also, and for me this was the best part of his day……when they returned from recess, Keyper announced as he came in the door, ” I made a friend”!
His name is Ahmen, ( not sure of spelling) and he likes to ski.
On the drive home, he asked if Ahmen could come over and play sometime?
Seriously peeps, I need to take a short break and celebrate, dance, sing my song. I am sending out to the Universe my appreciation & Gratitude for these amazing triumphs & experiences. Be back in a few.
Wow, better. I was getting a little misty eyed there.
I used to think that I would give just about anything to wake up and find that miraculously, in the night, a miracle happened & my beautiful autistically inclined boy had recovered. Then one day I realized being “on the spectrum”, or having Autism is an important part of who Keyper is. I don’t want it to define him, but it is indeed part of his beautiful makeup & components.
Just like his infectious smile, his brown hair, his amazing vocabulary and ability to read faster than anyone i know, I would not want to change any part of who he is.
As I came into this awareness and let go of the resistance that at some level he needed to be different, or recovered, or normal, or better, or more flexible so we could do things as “other” families do etc, he began to let go too of his resistance.
The more at ease I become, the more I celebrate who he is, the more dancing I do, the more singing I do, the more I let go of old beliefs, the more I seek for the good & the happy, the bigger I make the itty bitty little things that are so easy to take for granted, the better and better life becomes. And the better and the better life becomes the more of what I want starts showing up. It is the Law of Attraction in action… ( I use the terms of dancing and singing metaphorically, I mean, I do dance and sing and boy do I celebrate, but it is about just different ways of showing joy, there are a million ways to show joy and appreciation ) The more I am in the moment, that is when life begins to flow. And it is flowing down stream right now like never before.
For me, Autism is an opportunity set before me to be an expression of unconditional love at its best. It is a beautiful opportunity for personal growth and awareness. It is an opportunity to experience something I never would have willingly chosen, yet I can easily say, Autism has been the road less taken and it has made all the difference.
It is with the greatest gratitude, appreciation and love, that I Thank YOU Mr ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) for this amazing experience.