|watching an episode of Elmo from the kitchen|
This morning as I dropped Max off at Junior Kindergarten (late as usual), I overhead his teacher explaining to the class that if they wanted, they could send candy cane-grams to their friends. My ears perked up so that I too could get the details of how this exchange would work. I looked at Max, sitting with his EA, taking his coat and boots off and I knew he totally wouldn't fully understand the concept of sending out candy canes to his classmates. What he would understand was everyone else receiving them. I want so badly for him to fit in and have friends (in whatever way he is capable). I asked his EA if I could give her money to fill out candy cane-grams for his classmates and teachers. She agreed, so I ran out to the car and returned with enough cash to bankroll this endeavor.
Driving to work I wondered to myself if other parents of kids with Autism do the same type of things? It is really important to me that Max be given a fair shot and for kids to like him. I hate the idea of him being left out of anything merely because he didn't understand or nobody told me how to have him included. I'm sure I would have missed out on this had we not been late and it makes me wonder how many other things Max doesn't get to take part in just because people figure he won't understand.
I believe that in his own way, he totally gets it and I never want him to feel left out. I hope someone sends him a candy cane-gram.