Not so long ago, my daughter came home from school with a stern note from her teacher: she’d kicked a boy in the crotch in the lunch line.
We were ecstatic.
(I can hear all the parents out there cringe. Literally.)
Let me explain. The important part of the story is WHY Little Miss found it necessary to kick this boy. She did it because he was picking on her friend, a boy smaller and younger than they are, and she was defending him.
For your average student, this may not be surprising. For a child with autism to have that much empathy and take action on someone else’s behalf– amazing. Another major step in her emotional recovery.
So we gave her the standard company line on the inappropriateness of kicking her classmates. Then later we all cheered quietly. A lot.