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Saturday, July 13, 2013

"I CAN!"

And here is the proof! My last post focused on my refusing to listen to and believe all of the "can't"s about my son. Well, just today I received this link via Autism Speaks. It is a TEDx Talk by an Australian man named Chris Varney and you HAVE to see it!!!

You see, Nathan started at the camp in his new school system. He is with a regular education teacher and typically developing kids mixed with kids who have IEPs for all different reasons... and he is doing GREAT! His teacher has nothing but wonderful things to say about my son and how much she loves having him in her class. WHAT?!?!? MY son??? Yes, indeed! Even on the one day he had some struggles, these were seen as typical 5-year old type of behaviors that could be dealt with easily. You see, for ONCE Nathan is not the "problem child." For ONCE he is not under the autism microscope where all the negatives are highlighted and the positives are forgotten or ignored. THIS is what Chris Varney is talking about: an "I CAN" approach to working with children on the autism spectrum.

See for yourself:
Remember that the journey on this puzzling road has all kinds of unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all "figured out," it changes and you have to regroup. But ALWAYS, ALWAYS remember to focus on what your child CAN do and never give up on your dreams for your child. Do not listen to the people in your life who assume failure for your child. There is no such thing as "false hope," there is just "hope."

Blessings!
DC

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