Andrea Boerigter is a speech and occupational therapist in Sioux Falls, SD, and works with many special needs kids every day. She's also the mom of two--a toddler and a baby. Recently, those two worlds collided, and she decided to write a post about it, first on her blog The Speech Mom. The post had such a powerful message it was republished in other places, including Love What Matters.
Boerigter noticed that her 2-year-old, Henrik, was getting frightened by some of the kids she works with--and got flustered. While she assumed her son would just play with these kids, she didn't realize he'd get scared of them: furrowing his brow when an autistic child flapped her hands or trying to hide behind his mom's legs when he spotted a child in a wheelchair.
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So the South Dakota mom wants other mothers to know that she's going to change. "I promise when he points at your child in the grocery store, I won’t scoop him up and hush him with shameful whispers. I will talk about it. And not just about the differences, but also the similarities: 'He has no hair and you have curly hair. He has a blue hat, and you love blue!' 'She has Down syndrome, but you both love playing soccer.'”
And while it may be tough to do, Boerigter writes, "If our children can play together without boundaries. It will be worth it."
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