Today is the first day of camp for Griffin. A few days before he started I told him that I was going to miss him and he replied “You’re going to have to not get attached to me.” Um, too late.
When Griffin woke up this morning he told me he had a great idea. “When it’s time for me to introduce myself at camp, I’m going to tell everyone about my ASD. I’m going to let them know that if they have any questions they can ask me.” I reminded him that it was up to him to decide if and when he wanted to share this information. And that I thought it was wonderful that he decided to share this part of himself with people he was meeting for the first time.
I also reminded him that his Aspergers wasn’t an excuse to not do things. That his Aspergers allows him to see and experience the world differently than others do. That it helps explain his needs and that he can do anything anyone else can do, he just may need help and tools.
I’m proud of Griffin for being confident in who he is and for wanting to help others understand ASD. The light in his eyes reminds me that for us sharing our story is what we are meant to do. Griffin is choosing for himself to be an advocate and educator. I couldn’t be prouder!