At the Rebecca School we work from a strengths based perspective, where we celebrate student’s passions and at times their idiosyncratic behavior as a window into their inner lives. This article tells a beautiful story of one family’s journey to embrace their son’s passions. It’s a must read.
“There’s a reason — a good-enough reason — that each autistic person has embraced a particular interest. Find that reason, and you will find them, hiding in there, and maybe get a glimpse of their underlying capacities. In our experience, we found that showing authentic interest will help them feel dignity and impel them to show you more, complete with maps and navigational tools that may help to guide their development, their growth. Revealed capability, in turn, may lead to a better understanding of what’s possible in the lives of many people who are challenged.”