My oldest son had to work on a research project at school. We are not sure if he chose the topic or whether the teacher assigned it, but his project was about… autism.
If you are one of my wonderful, loyal readers, you know why the “sigh”. If not, you may want to check out my other posts about autism.
Anyway, he loves computers and the internet, so at school, he went online and researched his topic. No problem there. There was a catch though; there were two sections of the project that he had to complete in his own words, without using the internet.
The first of these sections was “What my teacher should know about me”.
*I was born with autism… I think
*I like to use the computer.
*I am a huge fan of the Olympic Games.
I was having some trouble trying to go about how to narrate the rest of this story. I was talking with my wife about it and as usual, she expressed it beautifully and right on point (am I a lucky guy or what?). She said something like, “Do you know how many times we have wished to have a glimpse of what is going through his mind? Well, this is an example!” And of course, she was right, you see, the other “no internet” question was:
“The best way to teach me”
*Teach me slowly
*Be patient with me
*Write things down for me
*Say things to me slowly
Some say that to know yourself is an indication of wisdom. I wholeheartedly agree. I needed a reminder. Just because I cannot follow his logic sometimes, it does not mean that his thoughts are random. This young man of mine is always full of surprises…
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