Elementary school has fallen and shattered over our ten-year-old's mind. It has suffocated his love for learning, piled over his kindness and trust, and eroded his childhood. Today, five years after he started kindergarten, my son, my husband and I crawl about, attempting to gather and paste the pieces of school together.
Let's notice the lonely children, parents, and young adults. Advocate for them. Prevent bullying. Let's surround kids with invitations to engage; education and mental health services to support; and integrated plans for serving their needs. Let's make it difficult to want the gun, let alone get the gun.
When someone becomes ill, loses a loved one or a child, is suffering personal crisis, or has a child with a condition that is assumed to lower a child's "quality of life," many of us tend to say the wrong thing. I've done it. We all do. So, here are seven things you should never tell the parent of a child with Autism. Let's talk about it!