We as a human beings, we feel that we are different from each other, but the more I think about this the more I realize we share more similarities than differences. We share more common grounds such as beings and feelings. We all have dreams, hopes and there are days when we feel so invincible. However other times we can feel so fragile and vulnerable, down and hurt; we seek for comfort, we seek the support from people we love.
As a mother to two special needs children I must say that I am just as human as you and I too have hopes and dreams for my children just like any other parents with theirs.
So please, please when you see a mother at the market trying to get things done, while chasing her child or children, which is my case and others as well, do not stare at us but smile instead and be friendly.
If you see a child flapping his hands in front of his eyes, spinning endlessly or making high pitch sounds, know that he is anxious and that he cannot help how his body receives stimuli, he is trying so hard to cope with the way his body is affected by his surroundings.
Do not give us (the mothers) that look where you make us feel as if we are bad parents, not attending to our child’s odd behaviors and expect us to scold them, just so that we feel horrible afterwards.
Please, please be kind and teach your children to be kind to each other. Especially children with special needs. Explain that if a child stutters or can’t answer back, it doesn't mean they are inferior, but are facing their own battles with communication, gross motor skills and so many other issues … which we take for granted.
Our children are not contagious; being different is not a bad thing. Instead of pulling your children away encourage them to interact with them.
We love our kids just as much as you love yours, so at the end of the day we don’t ask for sympathy we ask for acceptance and understanding, we ask to be.