I wish there was something I could do.
Parents reach out to me asking for advice about their kid’s routines after they’ve been vastly changed with virtual learning. Comments I’ve received have included…
How they miss their friends at school.
How they miss their teachers and therapists.
How teletherapy has been a learning curve.
The list goes on and on.
Then my best friend, who is a 1st grade teacher, telling me how much he misses his students too.
It is during times like these we remember how strong and beautiful the relationships that are developed in school can be. It’s much more than what is taught in a textbook.
Growing up with autism I had a love/hate relationship with school. Mainly it was because I went to 5 different schools from K-8 while my parents desperately tried to find a program that worked best for my unique learning style. During these challenging times, even now as an adult, I thought about if I was going through this challenge while I was still in school. I’m not sure how I’d manage.
How much I’d be missing my first grade special education teacher right now who had the ability to meet me where I was in my own development. There were several teachers who I’d be missing terribly now.
I’m not saying that adults in our autism & special needs community aren’t going through challenges as well. I’ve found my own unique challenges during this time as an adult who speaks full-time most of my speaking engagements being either cancelled or postponed. I miss connecting with people who who care about our loved ones with special needs.
For all those families whose kids are missing school right now, know you aren’t alone.
Things will turn around soon.
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My name is Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum that started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. Help support me so I can continue to help students with autism go to college by making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit here.