I just had to share this article I saw on Facebook. This article articulates perfectly what I was trying to convey in my 3rd “infamous” post that has caused so much of a “ruckus”. I highlighted my “favorite” part in the snippet below.
“So while Autism Speaks is out there trying to make people aware of autism, we as parents are working doubly hard on educating our educators about autism. Our children are difficult to deal with, I agree. But as educators, they need to have compassion for ALL kids. Not just the mainstream, neurotypical ones. We were fortunate to be able to get away from this school district, but it wasn’t until a couple years later, after even more damage had been done to our child. I understand educators think they’re doing what is best, but they really need to step back, forget about everything they learned in school and really put their heart and soul into each and every child. Forget the title of mom, teacher, speech therapist, principal and focus on the child and their needs. I will never forget when a new speech therapist came on board and disagreed with me at a meeting. She was so angry with a suggestion that we were making that she leaned across the table, pointed her finger at me and told me to, “Just be the mom. I’m the professional. You’re just the mom. Just be his mom!” These meetings should not be such a struggle. Our children should not be treated as criminals and their staff should not fight so hard against making such a simple, yet crucial accommodation.”
Please do not let organizations/teachers/schools or other state services convince you that parents are the “enemies” when they are simply trying to voice their concerns and/or dissatisfaction with services. It is very easy for them to paint parents as the “enemy”.