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It's all different by Tara Mackin

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It's all different by Tara Mackin

  It's all different. Unexpected. Unfiltered. Uncomfortable. Beautiful. Wild. Free. I watch, breath held, trying to put your shoes on my feet. I hide. You don't. I shouldn't. We circle. I spend another day pretending I'm not made of broken glass. You spend another day believing you're unbreakable.   Credit to Tara Mackin Follow Tara on Instagram @tara.mackin    #neurodivergent #neurodiversity #inclusion   Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @brightbuddies Follow us on TikTok @brightbuddies.io

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Abandoned Child with Autism

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Abandoned Child with Autism

    You went out quietly one night, so he wouldn't wake up. I heard the door close and waited all night long. Trembling and crying, I prayed. I prayed for strength, as I didn't know if I could face it all alone. How to tell my little boy that daddy wouldn't be coming home any more? He would not be coming back to chase him around the house.Don't worry and most certainly you won't. Don't worry about not being there; I will be there, I am always there, maybe broken but his words spoken thru his eyes will be the...

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Love Reflects Through

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Love Reflects Through

  The day he hatched, I cried in joy, I said, “Sky’s your name, my little boy. You're the best thing that’s happened to me, And I’m going to be your Mommy.”   Seeing my reflection in his eyes, gave me a bit of a surprise. Because for the first time in life I understood, Feathers and wings like mine were good, But a loving heart was what I wanted to share. Could that also be seen in my child's stare?   I questioned this more as Sky grew, Because whenever I said, “I love you,” All he ever answered...

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Inspiration of A Parent’s Perception … vs the Reality thereof

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Inspiration of A Parent’s Perception … vs the Reality thereof

  I’m sure every single one of you remembers the day that you received that wonderful news that you were going to be parents, hands down the best day of your life, right? As if on autopilot–your thoughts immediately run away with you and already you are looking into the mirror ball and seeing this perfect and blissful journey up ahead, through life with your bundle of joy. But alas. It often is not as black & white as that now, is it? Upon one of your checkups before the baby arrives–your doctor shares the news with you that the...

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The Diagnosis by Lucia Patterson

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The Diagnosis by Lucia Patterson

We sat there, I was cold and scared, terrified I would say.  Her dad had no expression on his face.   I had her sitting on my lap, she was so little, only a few days and she would be turning 3 years old.  She was fidgeting, barely acknowledging the psychologist trying to engage her.  She couldn't answer his questions, she didn't play with the toys appropriately.  I nervously tried to excuse her lack of attention.   He just took notes, he smiled with kindness like trying to calm us down.  After an hour of evaluation, he said the words.  He explained...

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