3 10/25/2012 parenting Autism

Gratitude

Dear Cuyler’s EA,
I just wanted to take the time to say thank you.

It was about 13 years ago when you were the Teachers Assisstant in my preschool classroom. Who would have thought that our lives would again intersect the way they did when I found you were the EA in Cam’s junior kindergarten class?
I will never forget the way your face fell when I told you that Cam’s little brother, my little boy had been diagnosed with autism. You knew the path that lay ahead. You’ve walked it yourself.

I was thrilled to find that you were to be Cuyler’s EA when he started kindergarten. Leaving him in unfamiliar territory was made easier by leaving him with a familiar face.

In the six years he has been at the school he has spent 3.5 with you as his support in the classroom. I felt the need to express my gratitude to you after an especially tough month.
Thank you for being on the same page as us. Thank you for keeping your expectations high for him. Not a lot of people do.
Thank you for pushing him further than he wants. He can always do more – you bring the potential out of him.
Thank you for your tough love approach and never placating him.
Thank you for letting me know that it will get better.
Thank you also for keeping it real and never sugar coating anything.
Thank you for being patient with him.
Thank you for showing him kindness and love in those moments when he is not very lovable.
Thank you for highlighting all of his strengths and never letting his challenges outweigh them.
Thank you for acknowledging how f*cking hard this is.
Thank you for telling me you know what I’m going through. When you say “I know what you’re going through”,  you really do.
Thank you.
Thank you for taking time out of each day to touch base and have a quick chat with me.
Thank you for the pat on the back you gave me yesterday. I needed that more than you know.
Thank you for telling me I’m doing a good job when I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing.
Thank you for being a part of our team.
Thank you for the peace of mind you give me everyday as I walk out the school doors.
Your job is not always an easy one. I wanted to let you know that I appreciate every thing you do every day for my boy.
Thank you.
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  • Nancy

    thank you is never said enough- especially to the people who help make up our “team” – well said Christine xx

  • Tracey

    So nice, Christine… xox

  • snikks

    This brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes I think people don’t say thank you enough. My daughter’s teacher looked surprised when I told her I appreciated the things that she was doing for her.
    So thank you for the timely reminder!

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