What is it like to be different?

Today Bookworm won a public speaking competition at school – she’s in Year 10 and beat the older girls to the finish line. Of course I’m proud of her ability but even more so of her choice of topic.

She chose to speak about difference – from the perspective of what it’s like to have autism and aspergers in our family. We have a close extended family and some cousins have 2 boys with autistic spectrum disorders – my kids have grown up knowing this and just accepting the boys for who they are and what they bring to the family. Through the accepting prism of family, my kids are learning that people with disabilities too have their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, sense of humour and place in the world.

Nice to reflect on.