We saw a lot of kids and grown-ups dressed in orange today in our school, and I should not be a cynic who thinks wearing a t-shirt in a certain colour changes really not so much (there are some other actions of course..). So I won’t think that..(although a quasi-free dress day without the obligatory donation would help in an otherwise uniformed school, too..) I just think it’s a bit vague and does not go very deep. Who would be FOR bullies anyway?
There has been no ‘autism awareness day’ (acceptance/month, whatever) in the school so far, and I have been explicitly told talking about autism might lead to bullying (..?) which basically only made me start this blog in September last year.
So April is coming around and so far I don’t know what is planned, I don’t know what to think again, is it really just about donning a bit of blue and say “Autism!” for one day? What is your take on ‘awareness days’ vs actual action, information, education?
Are you doing something in April ?
I have absolutely no reason to doubt my son’s version. I know! It was just a silly (and kinda bad) joke, but it’s been those same kids again! And it bugs me particularly, that they had nothing better to do than go at him, right after the holidays. I mean, really?! The week got better… and I would never lay hand on any child (in real life) but as these little snots are obviously getting Nemo in trouble AND get away with it.. Well, one can dream. (I can be VERY scary! … I would probably also get sued. So, yeah, but no.)
We’re back to school after 2 weeks of holidays, and Nemo had already his first ‘incident’ (that’s how he calls it) with some of the ‘cool kids’ (also his words). In fact it reminds me of what we experienced almost 3 years ago, so shortly after starting prep in ‘big school’ (as opposed to kindy where he only went 2 days a week). We were REALLY looking forward to it. I was so excited! I LOVED school as a kid. I was soo happy to be sharing the adventure of Australian primary school with my son (I went to school in Europe). I was convinced it would be a breeze, he was so bright! I had not really registered that the few clashes he had had in kindy were only an introduction to a multitude of upcoming problems: coping with sensory overflow, socialising, focus, organisation, handwriting… For most of it, we have found methods and tools. The other kids though, that’s a different problem..
This teacher has known Nemo for 3 years.
Through a confusing year of preschool, into the autism implosion in 1st grade.
She knows we had found stability in year 2 before it all started.
I am very happy she stands so firmly by his side now.
After repeatedly leashing out physically at boys that have started teasing him, Nemo got a day of suspension. We talked a lot that day, also about differences. Note: I know a lot of people take offence with the r-word, and rightly so. It has been pointed out to me that it could put off people of my comics to read it here. Please understand that although we don’t say it at home, my son SAID IT though, so he heard it said about himself or someone else. For that reason, I am keeping it as a quote in this comic.