When you have a normal child, who meets developmental benchmarks as expected you are happy. When he or she gets good grades, you’re happy. When your child does as he/she is told, you are happy. It is a ”normal” joy, because, of course, it is his/her duty. BUT- when you have a kid with some limitations, with each learning and small success you pulsate and vibrate as if you had won a championship… I would like to ask you a great favor on an important subject: It is Special Education week, not only for children with Down syndrome; Autism; Dyslexia, ADHD or ADD, but also for kids/teens with special needs; those who struggle every day to succeed, who battle disorders or learning issues over which they may have no control, and those who help them progress to various achievements and independence.
It would be great to teach our children to be kind and to accept all their classmates. Kids with special needs want what every kid wants: to be accepted! And they suffer greatly when they are rejected or mocked.
One of my sweet girls has cerebral palsy. She works so incredibly hard everyday to do physical tasks that are second nature to majority of us. She’s brilliant, witty, strong, beautiful, smart, caring, hilarious, and so much more. Most of all, she and her sister are true blessings to every single person they come across. Proud Mama moment.