The autistic spectrum disorder in Timothy is severe. Additionally, he is a 7-year-old boy who plays and loves with all of his heart.
He requires a lot of extra support at school and occasionally appears to be completely unaware of what is going on around him.
You and I don’t know one other, although my son Timothy occasionally sits next to your kid at school.
My autistic son desires friends but occasionally lacks the skills to cultivate them.He wants to play but occasionally is unsure of how to ask.He wants to participate but occasionally is unsure how.
Parents of special needs children understand all too well the pain their children experience when they are excluded from social groups.
Play dates, sleepovers, organized sports, and, yes, dreaded birthday parties.
I’m confident in saying that my son hasn’t been to any of them. In the previous few years, we have gotten innumerable invites, but most of them are from young children who callously invite their entire class. Please understand that I am appreciative.
However, I’m unsure if the parents are aware of what would occur if I brought Timothy. the breakdowns and the pauses. How I would hate to steal the birthday kid’s thunder.
So, we respectfully decline. Each and every one.
Until a unique note and your invitation arrived in the mail. It said:
“CARTER SAT NEXT TO TIMOTHY AT SCHOOL AND TALKS ABOUT HIM EVERYDAY. I CERTAINLY WISH HE COULD. A bounce castle that we can attach a small bounce slide to at the bottom is what we are renting. WATER GUNS AND WATER BALLOONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AS WELL. IF IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH WITH THE WHOLE CLASS, MAYBE TIMOTHY CAN COME EARLIER. SUGGEST HOW WE CAN MAKE IT WORK, PLEASE.
Without without realizing it, you wrote just what I needed to read that day.He is a part of things because of your son.Your son makes him feel wanted, so.He has a voice as a result of your son.
And I want you to know that you’re the reason I’m able to survive another day.I can make it through another appointment because to you.
You have given me the ability to endure more looks and inquiries.I am hopeful for Timothy’s future because of you.I just wanted to let you know how well you are raising your son.