Thursday, January 26, 2012

SMALL ACTS/BIG IMPACTS

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.

-John Wesley
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Dear Fellow First Grade Parent,

Our son has Autism and spends part of his day, with an aide in your son's First Grade class. The rest of the day he spends in a self-contained class with other children like him. Given his communication impairments, we do not really know much about what happens with him at school, or how he feels about it. We get daily reports from the teachers that give us a small glimpse into what his day is like.  But a lot is unknown to us. The other day we received a note that said when our son entered the first grade class your son went out of his way to say "hello" to him. Almost always, our son will not respond to a "hello" without an adult prompting him specifically what to say. However, the other day, he responded to your son on his own with a "Hi Dominic." It might be hard to imagine, but that response from him is truly amazing. Hearing about that simple event lit up our entire house and put smiles on all of our faces. Upon further inquiry, we learned that your son often goes out of his way to befriend our little man, which is no easy task. Clearly, your son has had a tremendous positive impact on our little boy!

We just wanted to let you know that which we are sure you already know, you have a special little boy on your hands and he has brought happiness to our family just by being himself.

Sincerely,

The Little Man's Mom & Dad

2 comments:

  1. Hi Justin and Kerry! My name is Leanne and I'm Dominic's mom. I received a letter with a copy of this blog post in Dominic's take-home folder from school. I cannot put into enough words of just how much this means to me. I read this over and over again and it just brings tears to my eyes - happy ones! I am so proud of my son for being who he is, and hearing about this just really touched my heart. I'm so glad Dominic can be a part of Andrew's life in a positive way and I hope he continues to! This makes me extremely happy. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  2. Hi, Leanne. Thank you for the kind words. We tried to find a way to share this with you several weeks ago, with no luck. I am glad you were able to see this and know the positive impact Dominic has made on Andrew. It touches our hearts as well!

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