It was an embarrassing moment.
Their glaring eyes felt like piercing holes through me.
Nonetheless, it actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
It all started when my son Jonathan, in the back of the room, was frantically waving his hand in the air trying to get Mrs. Spalding’s attention.
All the little kiddies and their Moms were sitting on the library floor listening to a new author, Mrs. Spalding, read a children’s story that she had just completed about dinosaurs.
They were all behaving so nicely sitting with their legs crossed in perfect form. This was the day we took the fourth grade class to the library and it was quite eventful.
When Mrs. Spalding was talking about the book she asked the kids in the class questions. Having spotted Jonathan and his exuberance, she called on him. This was the moment when out of his mouth came the truthful but embarrassing words…
“Mrs. Spalding well, um, this is boring.”
I’m sure the other parents were wondering, what kind of a Mother does this child have.
Of course Jonathan, being very truthful, just said it the way he felt it. This is very typical of kids with autism.
Like I said, sometimes I think this is their biggest blessing. Yet at the same time it can be a curse because people just don’t understand autism.
I took the opportunity as a way to teach Jonathan how to apologize to people for things that might hurt their feelings. I also explained to Mrs. Spalding a bit about autism and how there was nothing meant to hurt her feelings.
It all worked out well in the end even though some of the parents probably still thought I was in need of parenting skills.
How have you dealt with an embarrassing moment surrounding a special needs person?
What did you do to smooth over the situation?
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Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of AutismToday.com
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