Breakthrough: My Son and his Church Class
On Sunday a very special thing happened in my son's primary class at church. Â To date most of the other children have been either indifferent to my son, or have outright feared him. Â One parent in particular seems to be rather fearful of him, or is at least using him as an excuse to have her son moved to another class. Â During his class, one young lady's hand was touched by my son, and she immediately freaked out and told my wife, who is also their teacher. Â My wife, frustrated by the treatment of my son's condition by the previously mentioned parent, decided to huddle the children together and explain autism to them.She did it in a way that I could not, as I tend to be verbose and in depth when I explain autism. Â She identified my son's behaviors and lack of speech, asking the children if they have noticed these things. Â They each said yes, and she explained that he was unable to speak, and uses touch and face contact as a way to communicate. Â She then sent the children out into the hall with the other teacher in pairs, and a little boy grabbed my son's hand. Â My son smiled at him, grabbed his hand back, and the little boy was excited! Â He declared that he had made a friend, and was happy for the rest of the day. Â The children are all four years old, so their understanding is limited to their four years of life experience and what their parents have told them. Â The exciting thing is that they now get it, they understand that my son is not being bad, he is not trying to be disruptive. Â He is just trying to communicate with a world that is different than his own. Â If only the parents of these children were in that situation, and were as willing to accept my son for who he is. Â What a message for Easter, a time of renewal, Spring, and a focus on those things that bring us closer to each other after the cold separation of Winter. Â For me, this was the most memorable Easter I have ever had.