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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

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I have a friend who has taught me quite a bit about autism through sharing her experiences with her son. It’s not an easy journey by any means, and as shared in this post, it’s interesting to learn about things we take for granted which are viewed quite differently by autistic children.

Getting a hair cut for example can turn out be a really big deal and the writer shares: ” For most children with autism, getting a haircut is a HUGE challenge. I had to sit in the chair with her in my lap, hold her legs and arms as still as possible, all the while listening to her scream and cry as the stylist cut her hair. It’s just a part of that sensory/autism area…someone different combing my hair, that isn’t my hairbrush, etc. The stylist having to spray their hair with water isn’t a big hit either. Plus, the scissors aren’t a favorite thing – something sharp and pointed, coming towards me…”

Honestly never considered the situation from that perspective but what’s really commendable is the conscious effort being taken by others to make life that much easier for children with special needs. And in the meantime, we are grateful to all who invite us to share this walk with them; thank you 🙂

Author Jennifer N. Adams

This week’s photo challenge is, reward.

What does ‘reward’ mean to you?

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In the autism world, there are many challenges that are faced every single day. Yet some of those challenges can be very rewarding, for both child and parent. I can think of many challenges we’ve both faced, that in the end, we were equally rewarded – her reward was achieving something out of the ordinary, achieving a goal, breaking out of a habit. For me it was seeing her do something and knowing that she knew she did it without having a complete meltdown, or after the meltdown was over, she saw that what she did, was actually okay.

The first rewarding moment that I can remember, was the first time she sat in a barber chair without assistance or without me holding her down while she got her hair cut. Yes, you read that right. For most children…

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Author: galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to leave out my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others especially when it rains."

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