Nothing earth shattering today. Just wanted to pop in to tell you how wonderful it is to be on Team 4A.
Team 4A consists of some awesome teachers, past and present, who understand, with mere quick explanations, who 4A is and why she does things the way she does them. They modify simply because they trust us and Dr. Steve that mods are necessary. They respect 4A and her wiring. They ask questions. They want to learn about her wiring and how to help her be the best that she can be. They love her.
Team 4A consists of some super supporters, those who send along kindness and encouragement but also those who pitch in on a daily basis (thanks Mom and Dad!!) Some of 4A's extended family and friends even understand her autism and aren't afraid of or confused by it.
Team 4A also consists of three great neurotypical kids who have the wonderful gift of having autism in their lives. They love anyway, they go without sometimes and don't complain about it, they continue on their NT paths notwithstanding all they wrangle. Autism doesn't confuse or bother them; it is simply part of their lives, a part that is growing them into really amazing people. Team 4A also consists of two parents who love each other and work together and support each other, even when it's not fun or easy to do so.
Mostly, Team 4A has at its helm a fearless leader who understands 4A, GIRLS on the spectrum, and Asperger's. Gets every part of it, understands how the parts fit together, lends support and instruction and encouragement when it's needed, and isn't afraid to throw his weight behind 4A's case manager. For this reason primarily, 4A is a child whose life is enhanced by her autism and not limited or defined by it.
At its core, Team 4A is 4A. She's a great kid. Uproariously funny (even when she doesn't know it). Uncannily smart. Extremely gifted at drawing. While progress toward mastering NT skills can be slow and not linear, she has really wonderful moments of social connection. She is working hard to figure out who she is but also how she wants to fit (or not) into the neurotypical world. I think I'm most amazed by this. I certainly wasn't capable of such things as a near 9 y/o. She knows who she is, and she's learning how to be right with that in a world that doesn't really get her. That, my friends, is way cool to witness.
Blessed, indeed, am I by autism.