Today’s blog post was written by Lara Mather, who is currently busy with her Ayres Sensory Integration training courses through SAISI.
In honour of Autism Awareness Month
To all my beautiful children on the spectrum, thank you for teaching me that in order to gain an understanding, we must change our perspective.
“I wish things were different”
Don’t you ever say that
I’ve been given the greatest gift
A lens into unique interpretation
A different kind of connection.
A brief glance, a side smile or an almost undetectable touch
When I looked at you, feeling helpless, I realized
It felt like more than I could handle
When you appeared inconsolable and shut me out
I felt an overwhelming panic and despair set in
When people said that your behavior should be punishable
I ignored their advice
To create a safe space that supports your needs
To let you be you.
This was the biggest lesson I needed to learn
Was my greatest challenge
Accepting that our worlds look very different
I am still learning
Although I don’t think I am,
(now change your perspective and read it backwards)