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    danellsar is offline INCIIDer - A Community Creator
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    Default Autistm Night Before Christmas

    Got this from my local ASD support group. Enjoy!
    Ellen

    Autism Night Before Christmas
    by Cindy Waeltermann

    Twas the Night Before Christmas
    And all through the house
    The creatures were stirring
    Yes, even the mouse

    We tried melatonin
    And gave a hot bath
    But the holiday jitters
    They always distract

    The children were finally
    All nestled in bed
    When nightmares of terror
    Ran through my OWN head

    Did I get the right gift
    The right color
    And style
    Would there be a tantrum
    Or even, maybe, a smile?

    Our relatives come
    But they don't understand
    The pleasure he gets
    Just from flapping his hands.

    "He needs discipline," they say
    "Just a well-needed smack,
    You must learn to parent..."
    And on goes the attack

    We smile and nod
    Because we know deep inside
    The argument is moot
    Let them all take a side

    We know what it's like
    To live with the spectrum
    The struggles and triumphs
    Achievements, regressions. ..

    But what they don't know
    And what they don't see
    Is the joy that we feel
    Over simplicity

    He said "hello"
    He ate something green!
    He told his first lie!
    He did not cause a scene!

    He peed on the potty
    Who cares if he's ten,
    He stopped saying the same thing
    Again and again!

    Others don't realize
    Just how we can cope
    How we bravely hang on
    At the end of our rope

    But what they don't see
    Is the joy we can't hide
    When our children with autism
    Make the tiniest stride

    We may look at others
    Without the problems we face
    With jealousy, hatred
    Or even distaste,

    But what they don't know
    Nor sometimes do we
    Is that children with autism
    Bring simplicity.

    We don't get excited
    Over expensive things
    We jump for joy
    With the progress work brings

    Children with autism
    Try hard every day
    That they make us proud
    More than words can say.

    They work even harder
    Than you or I
    To achieve something small
    To reach a star in the sky

    So to those who don't get it
    Or can't get a clue
    Take a walk in my shoes
    And I'll assure you

    That even 10 minutes
    Into the walk
    You'll look at me
    With respect, even shock.

    You will realize
    What it is I go through
    And the next time you judge
    I can assure you

    That you won't say a thing
    You'll be quiet and learn,
    Like the years that I did
    When the tables were turned...... .

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    I needed to thanks.

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    Default Thanks! You know, I wish I'd had a copy of

    this to give the mean woman and her three teenaged girls at the grocery store today. Alex was on edge and very giggly and worked up and this woman just gave me the meanest stares. I almost snapped. I can't believe I kept my mouth shut. This poem says it all...I wish people could understand...or at least try!

    Merry Christmas!

    Kathie, mom to Alex,almost 8yo with autism who has a new word. "coffee" I AM proud! :-)




    Quote Originally Posted by danellsar View Post
    Got this from my local ASD support group. Enjoy!
    Ellen

    Autism Night Before Christmas
    by Cindy Waeltermann

    Twas the Night Before Christmas
    And all through the house
    The creatures were stirring
    Yes, even the mouse

    We tried melatonin
    And gave a hot bath
    But the holiday jitters
    They always distract

    The children were finally
    All nestled in bed
    When nightmares of terror
    Ran through my OWN head

    Did I get the right gift
    The right color
    And style
    Would there be a tantrum
    Or even, maybe, a smile?

    Our relatives come
    But they don't understand
    The pleasure he gets
    Just from flapping his hands.

    "He needs discipline," they say
    "Just a well-needed smack,
    You must learn to parent..."
    And on goes the attack

    We smile and nod
    Because we know deep inside
    The argument is moot
    Let them all take a side

    We know what it's like
    To live with the spectrum
    The struggles and triumphs
    Achievements, regressions. ..

    But what they don't know
    And what they don't see
    Is the joy that we feel
    Over simplicity

    He said "hello"
    He ate something green!
    He told his first lie!
    He did not cause a scene!

    He peed on the potty
    Who cares if he's ten,
    He stopped saying the same thing
    Again and again!

    Others don't realize
    Just how we can cope
    How we bravely hang on
    At the end of our rope

    But what they don't see
    Is the joy we can't hide
    When our children with autism
    Make the tiniest stride

    We may look at others
    Without the problems we face
    With jealousy, hatred
    Or even distaste,

    But what they don't know
    Nor sometimes do we
    Is that children with autism
    Bring simplicity.

    We don't get excited
    Over expensive things
    We jump for joy
    With the progress work brings

    Children with autism
    Try hard every day
    That they make us proud
    More than words can say.

    They work even harder
    Than you or I
    To achieve something small
    To reach a star in the sky

    So to those who don't get it
    Or can't get a clue
    Take a walk in my shoes
    And I'll assure you

    That even 10 minutes
    Into the walk
    You'll look at me
    With respect, even shock.

    You will realize
    What it is I go through
    And the next time you judge
    I can assure you

    That you won't say a thing
    You'll be quiet and learn,
    Like the years that I did
    When the tables were turned...... .

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