Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This Halloween...

Melissa Joan Hart (remember her?) had something pretty powerful to say on Facebook.  Since I work with kids that have special needs, I thought it fitting to post here.

"In a few days, a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say "trick or treat" or "thank you" might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy. The child who isn't wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism. Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It's everyone's Halloween. Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child."
 
 Have a Happy Halloween, friends!

4 comments:

Jen said...

I read this too and it warmed my heart.

Jamie said...

So true.

Jenna said...

so very true! oh and melissa joan hart has a tv show on abcfamily calle melissa and joey (joey lawrence). its really funny.

Ashley R said...

This is so perfect. I love her!