How did we do this? What was this cutting edge therapy we had found, this latest in scientific development?
It was plain old being ready. Time.
Susan Senator, The Autism Therapy That Worked For Us: Time
This is why I tell you not to give up.
This is why I say this …
Our children deserve to have childhoods. Happy ones. Comfortable ones. Playful and play-filled ones. Stimmy, squealy joyous ones. Ones in which they learn and grow and discover the world in their own ways.
And this …
We have got to break free of this bullshit paradigm of artificial deadlines — of the need to rush, rush, rush to teach, teach, teach to drill, drill, drill — to make every moment a “productive opportunity.” Because when we release ourselves from that pressure, we allow our autistic children to BE CHILDREN. And by God, how freeing is that? (For everyone involved.)
And this is why I whole heartedly believe this …
Once we can all take that collective deep breath and agree that opportunities for growth and development are not finite, we give ourselves the luxury of looking at things through a different lens. A slower one. A less pressured one. An unpanicked one.
THIS is why.
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