FROM AMANDA: As I sit here writing this blog I would love to describe the feeling I have running through my body. I know many of our Son-Rise parents see us in the playroom when they come for the Intensive or have Outreaches but I am unsure if you know how good we feel after we are done working with your child. I am going share with you my experience as I emerged from the playroom yesterday afternoon.
Wow! I have just stepped out of the playroom after being with an adorable 6 year old autistic boy from Brazil and I am high on excitement. We ismed, laughed and loved each other for 2 hours and it was beautiful. As I walk into the observation room I am met by the grandmother of this boy. She greets me with a gentle hug as she says “I am moved. I have tears in my eyes as I watched you play. You have such a smile and it comes not from your face but from your heart.” My eyes begin to mist and I hug her back and say “I am grateful to have met you and to have had the opportunity to be with your amazing grandson.” I then leave the building and head back to my office.
As I walk to the office I feel at peace with myself and the world around me. I am full of energy yet I am focused and clear. As I look around I allow myself to reflect on the statement made to me by the Son-Rise grandparent. I am again filled with emotion and I run to tell my teacher of the encounter I had. My teacher looked at me and smiled as she said “Isn’t it amazing?”. I agreed with her and said “yes” and went off to my desk as we both had to get back to our work.
As I sit at my desk, I think to myself “Isn’t IT amazing?” This feeling! This love! This gratitude I have for the Autism Treatment Center of America! This hunger to help a family and their autistic child! This life!
This is how I feel when I come out of the playroom!
I love you Son-Rise Friends and Family.