Don’t Hide 2e Children’s Identity from Themselves

My daughter came home from a sleepover (yes, attending a sleepover was an accomplishment in itself!) with a new T-shirt. Her friend is a crafty sort, as in Martha Stewart crafty. Wait, that’s confusing. Crafty as in Martha Stewart of the television show, not Martha Stewart in the orange jumpsuit. Anyway, my daughter and her friend decided to decorate T-shirts during their sleepover, and my daughter was proudly showing hers off as she walked through the door.

In her wobbly dyspraxic handwriting, she’d written, “I’m autistic and there’s good things and bad things about being autistic.” My eyes puddled, and I saw a glimmer of hope that my daughter will maneuver through this world beautifully and in her own unique and splendid way.

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About Heather Boorman

Heather Boorman is a writer, public speaker, & Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy to kids, adults, and families at her private practice, Boorman Counseling, in Western Wisconsin. During her more than 15 years experience, she has become particularly impassioned to work with “kids on the fringes” and their families, who live with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Heather is the founding member and therapist at Boorman Counseling, LLC, serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association of the Gifted and Talented, and has presented on a variety of topics throughout the Midwest.