“Wait! Wait! Wait!” she cried.
Riley got upset at her cello lesson.
The well meaning teacher reminded her no one does it perfectly. Everyone is learning.
“You don’t need to get so upset over it,” she said, encouragingly.
Riley stopped and said, “I know, but it’s because I have autism.”
There was a beat or two of silence.
They moved forward.
Riley is so high functioning, it is very easy to forget how many things are just a whole lot harder for her than most typical students.
In the car home I appluaded her for talking about her autism. We discussed how autism isn’t an excuse to stop her from doing whatever she wants to do, but it is a consideration. Some things are more difficult because of it. She processes things differently and that difference needs to be taken into account. It is okay for her to remind teachers.
I’ve never seen her self-advocate before.
Call me happy.