RM isn’t quite there yet. Surely, she will always be unique. But right now, at 5-years-old, she is safely tucked away at an outplacement ABA program that caters to exactly who she is. There are only square pegs there. From staff to students. All square pegs. It’s a safe space for her to learn how to learn. Period.
But someday, she will be out in the world; whether in an integrated classroom at the public school or as an adult in the workplace, she will need to fit somehow.
Stimeyland wrote an amazing post, “Not Even Wrong”. And I want you to read it. I want everyone to read it. It applies to everyone. It applies to me. It applies to my neurotypical son who is not so typical and it applies equally to RM.
So please. Read on.
“…It also perfectly encapsulates what I want for my kid—a place, an existence, where it is okay for him to be not even wrong. Because I love the way Jack’s brain works. I love the way autism has given him this unique perspective that lets him come up with some of the most amazing things. I adore his not even wrongness. I want him to find a way of life where starting from a fundamentally different point of view is an asset to him and where he can be valued for that.”
For the entire article, please go to Stimeyland.
Stimey is mom to Sam, born October 2001; Jack, born May 2003, and Quinn, born May 2005. Stimey is a stay at home mom among various other part-time endeavors and jobs, including learning about parenting her autistic child (Jack).
Stimey also founded and runs AutMont, a website dedicated to autism-related events, information, and community in Montgomery County, Maryland. AutMont is also on Twitter and Facebook. Email Stimey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Stimey