Examples of Acceptance

Examples of Acceptance

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Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of her daughter Madelyn diligently working on an end of the school year self-appointed project. Every night her five year old would pull out her big bin of beads and work diligently to make bracelet after bracelet. She declared that she wasn’t going to stop until she had made bracelets for every child in her class.

She set off each day with three or four bracelets in her back pack to hand out to her school mates. Adorable right?

After a few comments had been made about how thoughtful this was her mom volunteered even more information, and information important to us. There is a child with Down Syndrome in her class and this child has sensory issues. Aware of this, though too young to know exactly why, this sweet girl took special care to only use smooth beads on the bracelet for this classmate “so the bumps wouldn’t bother her when she wore it.”

Get out.

Madelyn showing her mom the regular and the "custom" bracelets.

Madelyn showing her mom the regular and the “custom” bracelets.

This story made me want to jump up and down with excitement. To be aware of another child’s special needs and to make special accommodations? Outstanding! Kids these days are just so… Comfortable! It’s encouraging. I love to watch my nieces and nephews interact with my special needs daughter. It’s truly heart-warming.

Confession: Before I had a special needs child of my own I didn’t really know what to do around someone with special needs. I went to school before the idea that special needs children should be integrated into classrooms with typical children. I would figure it out, and it would be fine… But it’s certainly not second nature like it is for me now and like it is for the generations of children who interact with special needs children on a daily basis. I think this story is one of several about how far we have come!

We will be keeping an eye out for more examples of acceptance that we can share with you! Do you have a story of acceptance to share? Let us know in the comments!

4 Comments

  1. It’s kind of hard to brag about our children in situations like this. I know the mother of the child in the story and I know she wasn’t bragging, just sharing the thoughtfulness of her daughter. My daughter is always drawn to those that may need extra help. She has given up play at recess to spend time with a girl with autism in her class. She has gone to the library with students who needed less noise when her classes were doing fun activities. This coming year as a 7th grader she is giving up one of her electives to be a peer mentor. This means she will spend that hour helping a special needs student instead of doing choir, shop, or drama. She recently said that she might want to be a special education teacher when she gets older. Her older brother is less obvious in his encounters. He has said “I’m always friends with the kids that don’t have friends…I wonder why that is?” And I am always be shocked to meet a friend who has a stutter or aspergers or any list of things and my son has never said a thing about it. He just accepts people as they are.

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    • Shannon Anderson

      I think she only mentioned it because I have a child with special needs so I agree, there was no bragging for sure. As a mother with a special needs child I love to hear stories about the children who reach out to those who are sitting alone or who have less friends. I think it’s a sign of a special child, and special parents who foster this behavior. When I hear stories like this and the stories like yours about your daughter and son it makes my heart swell. It’s how I know Dylan will be well taken care of by her peers. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love this story! Thank you for sharing!

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