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Not all disabilities can be seen
Folks give disapproving looks...
they see ‘poor behaviour’

An Asperger’s child’s world is confusing
YOU understand their ‘melt downs’
and try to calm them down

Please remember you are brilliant parents
Your child brings such challenges
they also bring much joy

Kimo Therapy Contest
Sponsored By Carol Connell

7/12/18

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 8/15/2018 10:18:00 PM
Congratulations on your #1 win. This is such a special poem, heartfelt and encouraging. :)
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Date: 8/14/2018 2:10:00 PM
Congratulations on your fine win, Jan. The topic you chose is one that needs highlighting, because though autism is quite common, not many people know what it really is, while some parents refuse to acknowledge it when it affects their own children. Hugs // paul
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Date: 8/14/2018 8:05:00 AM
Well expressed Jan, congrats on top spot.
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Date: 8/13/2018 5:26:00 PM
Well done Jan in this sensitive treatment of the condition. Congratulations on a deserving placement. Sian.
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 8/14/2018 7:41:00 AM
Thanks so much Sian:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/13/2018 5:11:00 PM
Beautifully and powerfully said, Jan. My best friend as a grandson with Autism, and I know of the joy he brings her regardless. Congratulations on your fine First Place win. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 8/14/2018 7:41:00 AM
Thanks so much Sandra, I worked with autistic students for 16 years :-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/13/2018 4:28:00 PM
I’m so glad this came out top Jan! Congratulations x
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Date: 8/13/2018 4:40:00 PM
I'm made up in so many ways Nina!:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 8/13/2018 3:50:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in my first contest, Jan! Having been a behavioral therapist for over 8 years, this poem really hit home. I appreciate this supportive write for parents of children on the spectrum who are often misunderstood. :-)
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 8/13/2018 4:40:00 PM
People need to be educated that not all disabilities can be 'seen' and be more understanding... maybe we can make a difference through our words!:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 7/16/2018 5:32:00 PM
I do support work on a casual basis at home where there is grown man with Autism. Good piece to highlight job the parents do and an issue that requires great sacrifices and dealing with frustrations and questions not yet answered with sainthood for some. Best wishes as always David in NZ
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/16/2018 5:48:00 PM
Thanks David, it is so easy to judge when people do not know the underlying issues for what is seen as poor behaviour, i am unsure if this will place as I think its more on advice rather than supporting and comforting the parents but I write from the heart on this subject:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 7/14/2018 8:26:00 PM
Perfect and well crafted write for the contest.. Hugs Eve
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/15/2018 4:08:00 AM
Thanks Eve I have written very few poems in this form:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 7:28:00 PM
oh silly me, I just went and saw, she is allowing up to three!
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/14/2018 5:15:00 PM
I'm sure you will do some excellent poems:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 7:27:00 PM
I love how you touched on a very prevalent thing today . Too many Americans deal with this problem. a few are in my own family (my sisters') It's a sad and hard thing to live with. JAn, how are you doing today. I finally got caught up here . Now to clean the house!! So we can do more than one kimo??
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/14/2018 5:15:00 PM
Thanks Andrea I am so busy with other things I am having little time for soup especially comments at the moment, all good here:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 1:02:00 PM
Jan, such a needed and sensitive write. I have friends dealing with this right now. So many in our world are impatient and unkind. So quick to judge.. so say something behind someone's back, or confront harshly. These parents are saints. I can't even imagine the grace needed to deal with such a matter!
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Date: 7/14/2018 5:13:00 PM
I worked with autistic students for over 16 years and have such respect for their parents. I wish people wouldn't be so judgemental when they don't know the facts only what they see :-( hugs jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 8:01:00 AM
It must be very difficult and frustrating to raise a child on the autism spectrum. I am glad I was spared that experience. Good poem.
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Date: 7/13/2018 8:14:00 AM
Thanks Agnes, and because on the outside the child seems 'normal' people don't realise the child has additional needs:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 7:04:00 AM
I think this is great! This is comfort for the parents who have the world looking in and are feeling judged harshly for things they cannot control. But they are doing the best they can, and it takes love and patience to do it. hugsx
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/13/2018 7:11:00 AM
Thanks Cas, I'm not sure what the sponsor will think but it was written from the heart:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 6:01:00 AM
We humans are such an ungrateful race. No understanding or love among many of us with illness or problems that exist. They have no patience but should remember, "There but for the grace of God, go I."
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Date: 7/13/2018 6:51:00 AM
I think a lack of education regarding kids with special needs has a lot to do with not understanding behavioral issues that are displayed:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/13/2018 2:11:00 AM
Well penned, Jan. People make judgement too easily. Indeed, the parents who take these challenges and take care of their children are brilliant parents. Best wishes for the contest. Hugs. T.J
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/13/2018 2:49:00 AM
Thanks TJ:-) I'm not sure if my poem is what the sponsor is after but I take my chance and write from the heart:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 6:25:00 PM
I agree Jan. Most people see the bad behavior and judge that but have no idea WHY this child is behaving this way. Sometimes it's the parent's fault for not insisting the child take his medication. Sometimes the child is just spoiled. We never really know what is going on so we can't really judge either way. Great insight here. Well Done. God Bless, JB
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/12/2018 6:30:00 PM
Thanks Judy you are so correct we don't know what is going on in the parent's or child's life. it was so interesting working in school and we knew the moment they walked through the door if the student's who had ADHD hadn't taken their medication as they were literally bouncing off the walls!:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 5:33:00 PM
Jan, your poem is written with such depth and heart! People are so fast to judge. Yesterday when I was in the store a young boy kept screaming. I thought to myself he must have a problem. His mother ignored it and kept shopping. Possibly it was she who had the problem and not him? Kudos to you for the work that you do. xxoo
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Date: 7/12/2018 5:41:00 PM
Since i worked with students with additional needs I am so much more understanding when I see a child having a 'melt down'. As for the poem I'm not sure if its what the sponsor is after and appreciate if it doesn't place in the contest as I don't think it gives 'advice' just making people more aware of the issues of parents with autistic children:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 3:25:00 PM
As we age, most will become disabled to some extent. I couldn't possibly imagine living my entire life with a physical or mental disability. Stirring write, Jan.
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Date: 7/12/2018 4:28:00 PM
Thanks DT:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 2:06:00 PM
And they do it out of the great love they have for their children, parents in a million. Well written Jan.
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Date: 7/12/2018 4:27:00 PM
Definitely Tom! I am not sure if its what the sponsor wanted but having worked with autistic students for over 16 years its written from the heart:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 1:38:00 PM
- A child of love ... perfect and beautiful for mom, dad and sibling - Lovely written, Jan - Best wishes in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/12/2018 4:26:00 PM
Thanks Anne-Lise:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 1:34:00 PM
You always surprise me, my dear Jan...
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Pashang Salehi
Date: 7/15/2018 1:34:00 AM
You are truly an angel ... Now I know why you have 4 wings.
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/12/2018 4:26:00 PM
Thanks Pashang:-) I worked with autistic students for over 16 years so its a subject very close to my heart and I never judge when I see a parent having difficulties with a child. :-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 7/12/2018 1:27:00 PM
Aw Jan you have such a big big heart. Lump in throat here xxxx
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/12/2018 4:20:00 PM
I'm so glad you read it Nina, so many people condemn the parents because they cannot see a child has autism and class them as naughty children... we both know otherwise:-) LOVE the new avatar:-) hugs Jan xx