Back to school yesterday. We were greeted by my son’s new teacher with “I have 25 years experience and a degree in special education – I know children like ….(your son)”. I am sorry, but no, you do not know my child. And, I would appreciate it if you actually took the time to do so rather than so readily assign him into a preconceived box.
My son is an individual. He is a unique child, as all children are, particularly those on the Autism Spectrum. ASD, as the name suggests is a spectrum disorder, that is each child shows a variance in their expression of characteristics and traits. Paradoxically it seems, as soon as the child is known by an educator to has ASD they, more often than not, assign them to a stereotype of having certain characteristics and traits.
My son does not line objects up, nor does he continually meltdown at the slightest change in his routine. He does have sensory requirements which may affect his learning though. Without seeing the individual child I worry that teachers, adults, limit the child’s full potential to learn and grow. My son may not learn the way that others may expect him to learn, or the way that the other 30 children in the classroom may learn, but trust me he is extremely smart and eager to learn and absorbs the world around him like no other child I have met.
Please see my child in front of you, not the label of Autism.