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This open letter to my children’s autism therapists was written after a particularly challenging night. It is impossible for me to express my gratitude for the positive impact they have had on our family. From the line staff to the senior staff to the office staff to the director…our family would not be able to function as well today without their role in our lives the past 2.5 years.
I see your deep compassion for my children, your caring heart, your unending patience.
I see you stepping in every single time to watch over one of my children while I try to help transition the other.
I see you gently challenging my children to help them grow, always in kind ways that honor their humanity.
I see you artfully transforming a difficult situation into an exciting opportunity for a child.
I see the hours that you have spent developing training for parents like me, and implementing new strategies to help my children learn and grow.
I see you reviewing binders and filling out paperwork between each session.
I see you celebrating my children’s successes with me.
I see your belief that my children are children first, not simply defined by their diagnosis.
There are things, however, that you may not see. The moment I get in my car after a difficult transition out the door and burst into tears. The tears come from a place of vulnerability and gratitude. You see the most raw part of our lives and you spend the moment before I walk out the door reassuring me. You come to work every day perhaps not realizing the impact you have on the children and caregivers you serve.
There are parts of this road we walk that I do not share here, but those are the most challenging for our family. It pains me to see them occur with you; yet, you always respond to my apologies with reassurances. You lift me up when I’m feeling most vulnerable and unsure. In this way and others, you have helped me grow as a parent and caregiver.
You play such an important role in our lives – one for which my words and actions could never adequately thank you. My only hope is that we can make you feel appreciated.
With unending gratitude and love,