I sat some of my children (ages 5,4,3) down to watch these interviews as well as the video that Amanda made. They have never knowingly observed someone with autism before, and I wanted to teach them so they would have a better understanding.
“Why is she doing that, mom?”
“Because God gifted her in that way – she is more aware than we are of how things taste, feel, sound and smell. She is rattling the paper because she is looking at the flag out her window and thinking of the sound it is making as it flaps in the wind.”
We talked about how God made each of us unique – Thomas is good with numbers and likes adventure games. Tabitha can whistle – but Thomas can’t. She can eat more than mommy can, and yet she’s a little girl! Aiden is very sturdy when he climbs high.
I told them that God has made this woman to be unique, too. Yes, she does things differently than we do. But, she is a person just like we are.
We must never make fun of or hurt someone because they are different from us. To do so is like telling God that His creation is not good enough for us.
Tabitha was sad that people would hurt someone else just because they were different. I told her that if she ever sees someone being hurt or made fun of that she could tell those bullying to stop and to come get an adult if they didn’t.
From my husband:
â€œThe best kisses are the ones that leave you wanting more. Now, go away, Sarah!â€
This morning, as I was perusing the headlines at CNN online, I stumbled across the most fascinating interview series with Amanda Baggs, a 26 year old woman who has autism.
I am so thankful to have seen these videos today, as they have helped me to appreciate the beauty of about how people with autism interact with the world on a holistic level.
Amanda’s original video uncut (8 min+)
Related written articles about Amanda Baggs:
Living with autism in a world made for others
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Blog Article
Psalm 139:14-18 means much more to me today
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand
When I awake, I am still with You.
as does 1 Corinthians 1:25-29
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.
Sarah Joy Albrecht
There are two young sisters who are dear friends of mine, as is their mother. This morning, I collected a few things I had been saving for them and put them in a sweet Victorian Valentine note card and sent them in a mail. I wanted to remember this one part of the note even for my own encouragement, so I’m making an entry in my blog with the excerpt. I hope that it is of encouragement to you, too!
This month, I’m sure you will have fun at school making Valentines and thinking about love and what it means.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.” Who is the “He” referring to?
1 John 4 and 1 Corinthians 13 are two places in the Bible that talk a lot about love. We learn from reading them that unless we have love for people – unconditional love, as Jesus loved us – that even the nicest things we do for them are meaningless.
We can show love to everyone, even people who are mean, because we remember that God loved us even when were were His enemy.
Pretty cool, huh?
I hope you girls are having a lovely day!
Sarah Joy Albrecht