September 22, 2010

Able 2 Able Guest Blog Post!!

I am so honored to have been asked to be a guest-blogger on the able2able website – a site that celebrates every child as an individual. Check out their mission and my guest blog!!! 🙂

There’s an urban legend floating around that, scientifically speaking, when compared to birds the Bumble Bee shouldn’t be able to fly. Their bodies are big and round and their wings are short, rough, and stubby. Birds, on the other hand, have beautiful, aerodynamic bodies with graceful, sweeping wings. Supposedly, scientists can’t fully explain why the Bumble Bee can fly, but it probably has something to do with the fact that Bumble Bees don’t care about science. They just like to fly.

This is what is about. Special Needs children are more than a diagnosis, behaviors, or labels. Our children can do and be so much more than their appearance suggests. We just need to stop telling ourselves and to stop telling them that they shouldn’t be able to so they can’t. And we, as parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists need to adapt. Throw away the cookie cutter and ignore the rules. Change the way we communicate with and teach our children. Change the way we expect our children to communicate and interact with us. Stop expecting a bee to be a bird. And celebrate every precious flutter of your little Bee’s wings!

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