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December 12, 2008

Socializing In A Silent World.

There is a lot to learn from a child with special needs.

Some parents to these amazing children don’t always play nice with one another.  Some exchanges are often unpleasant, often to the point of life-threatening.

So, how is one to speak out and play nice in a divided world?

I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones.

I’m sure much of what I post on this blog has gone against what many parents on the spectrum believe.  However, these parents not only respect my thoughts… but they keep coming back to read more.  Heaven love them!  🙂

It’s this kind of social interaction that makes for a good time.

Speaking of being social, let’s talk about Twitter for a moment, shall we?

I follow, and I’m being followed by parents, caregivers, educators, medical professionals (traditional and unconventional), etc. who are living with autism in some way, shape, or form.

However, there are some people who choose not to follow me but are fine with me following them.

Now, it’s this kind of social interaction that reminds me of how someone must feel if they were to go to a party, and the host (the person they’re following) makes them feel unworthy.

Now, is this playing nice?

No.

Do I lose sleep if someone doesn’t follow me?

Nope!

Are a lot of folks on Twitter looking out for themselves (meaning they’re more concerned about the quantity of followers and not the quality)?

Absolutely.

Again.  Am I losing sleep over this?

No.  It’s just life playing itself out in the virtual world.

C’est la vie!

An interesting tweet came my way yesterday courtesy of @AutismRealityNB.

Wondering what “positive” autism awareness means.

For starters, as a community, we can start respecting one another.

I believe we’re all looking for the same answers, so why be nasty to one another?

We all want cleaner vaccines.

We all want a cleaner, toxic-free environment.

We all want healthier food choices (“Say No to GMO!”).

So, I’m a bit confused as to why there has to be a divide in our community when our goals are similar.

Positive:

9. emphasizing what is laudable, hopeful, or to the good; constructive:

Awareness:

2. informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:

How are we to teach our children social skills when we lack them ourselves?

How are they to learn how to play nice when we, ourselves, choose not to do so?

If they look at us for guidance, why do we choose to misguide them?

Respect.

Respect for one another.

Respect for our differences.

If we are to break the silence…

we need to speak out… as one people.

Socialize:

4. to associate or mingle sociably with others:

Sociably:

2. friendly or agreeable in company; companionable.

Now that doesn’t sound too hard, right?

Hi.  I’m Adonya, and it is very nice to meet you!  Come.  Dance with me!

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