Saturday, 24 August 2013
This is my Child
This post was written as part of the THIS IS MY CHILD campaign being run by Mumsnet............'The aim of the campaign is to support the parents of children with additional needs, and to inform others by busting unhelpful myths about special needs. The campaign aims to support the parents of children with additional needs by busting a few unhelpful myths - and to open up a conversation about how we can all act together to make day-to-day life a bit easier for these families.'
This is my child. She is 15 years old and often says inappropriate things because of her autism and learning disability.
This is my child. She is 15 years old and loves boys like every other 15 year old girl. She just wolf whistles at them!
This is my child. Sometimes she doesn't eat.
This is my child. She can remember what I had to eat in a restaurant 5 years ago!
This is my child. Sometimes she can't remember what she is supposed to do to keep herself safe.
This is my child. She is caring and loving and wants to look after other children.
This is my child. Sometimes she gets upset at loud noises or people talking loudly.
This is my child. She is a mad Justin Bieber fan and can sing all his songs and loves music.
This is my child. Sometimes she prefers to be alone and isn't good at mixing with others.
This is my child. She knows every detail of the neighbours lives. She has binoculars!
This is my child. Sometimes she cries for hours.
This is my child. She always comforts others.
This is my child. She may not speak to you without help from me.
This is my child. At home she will talk non stop for hours. She constantly makes me laugh.
This is my child. Sometimes she blocks the toilet and floods the bathroom.
This is my child. She has taught me plumbing skills I never knew I had!
This is my child. She doesn't sleep well at night.
This is my child. I get to fit in all my chores during the night because of my daughter!
This is my child. Sometimes she needs help getting dressed.
This is my child. She is a fashion diva who has more clothes than anyone I know and still tries to steal mine!
This is my child. She taught me the true meaning of love and courage and gave me a pair of industrial strength superwoman knickers to wear.
I hope that by reading this post it will help others to realise that yes, having a special needs child is full of challenges but at the heart of it all, there are so many positive and funny things to say about our kids. They are just like any other kid. They just have a few special extras added. Make it your business to learn what it's like for families where disability is a feature. Make it your mission to befriend that mum who is always alone or never gets out of the house due to caring responsibilities. Speak to the dad who is doing his best in the confusing and exhausting world of special needs. Most of all, educate yourself and others. Be the difference!
Posted by JB JOHNSTON at Saturday, August 24, 2013