Let Your Voice Be Heard

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“I had people in my life who didn’t give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me” ~Temple Grandin

How many of you know who Temple Grandin is?   If this is the first time hearing her name then you have homework.  You have to research her and read about her amazing success story living with autism. Temple Grandin was thought to be mentally challenged and her mother was told to institutionalize her.  She didn’t speak until she was four years old.

Dr. Grandin is a writer and speaker on the subject of autism and animal behaviors. She earned a PhD and teaches at Colorado State University. The list of her accomplishments continues. What if her mother had believed what others told her and institutionalized her at a young age?  Then the world would not have this powerful woman who lived the journey of autism and found her calling in life. She’s an author, motivational speaker and a testimony.

I commend her mother for standing her ground.  She saw a vision for her child that others didn’t see. I have that same vision for both of my children. I am raising Harrison to respect authority, know the value of life, to work hard and to know God.  I advocate for him daily also.

Sydney has many talents. She said she wants to go to college like Kayla and be a doctor.  After she watches a makeup tutorial video, I love watching her practice the techniques in the mirror.   I will always set the bar high for Sydney.  God has a plan for her life.  I won’t give up on Sydney.

Harrison asked me the other day what will Sydney do when she’s older.  Before I could answer he said, “Probably anything she puts her mind to.”

~From the heart of a special needs mom.

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