Mom Was Scared To Send Her Autistic Daughter To School - 3 Days Later Her Teacher Calls In Tears
Cailyn Finkel 2/20/2016
Naomi Gwynne had her backpack on, shoes tied and hair in order - she was ready for her first day of school. But Naomi's mom, Miriam, was nervous that world wasn't ready for her autistic daughter.
Worried Momma Bear
It's normal for mothers to be anxious about their child's first day of school, but Miriam had extra reason to be concerned. Was her daughter going to fit in? Would she handle being separated from her brother well? Were the teachers going to respect her daughter's unique needs? Miriam wrote about the worry she experienced on the Love What Matters Facebook page.
"I had more reason than most to worry as she left that day still unable to dress herself and not yet potty trained, diagnosed with autism and selective mutism, and despite having had an extra year at nursery already, she was still one of the smallest children."
Naomi was thrilled when the first day of school arrived but her mother was close to having a panic attack!
Off To School
The first few days passed without any major issues, but at the end of the week Miriam received a phone call from the assistant teacher in Naomi's class. Her heart sank - was her baby okay?
But the emotional teacher had nothing but praise for her amazing little girl!
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She Knew What To Do
The assistant teacher explained to Miriam that her daughter was able to convey a lesson to children who didn't speak English, and she did it without having to say a word.
"One day her classroom assistant told me that my special, fragile, silent girl had actually changed that whole class of new starts without even saying a word."
All of the students in her class were instructed to write their names at the top of the paper, but the children at her table (grouped together to help make learning English easier) didn't understand their teacher's verbal instructions. Sensing their confusion, Naomi motioned the task to each of her classmates and patiently waited as they figured out her message.
They Were Shocked
Her teacher and the assistant teacher sat and watched in absolute awe. The special little girl helped others understand their task and ensured that each one was able to write their names before starting on her own assignment.
The assistant teacher was brought to tears and decided she definitely had to tell Miriam about her incredible daughter!
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Something Words Can't Explain
With just a few gestures, Naomi was able to cross language barriers and help the students who desperately needed it. Miriam couldn't believe what the assistant teacher was telling her!
"The most unlikely child in the class had taught them all a lesson that day. The child diagnosed with a communication disorder actually showed them all how to communicate."
Naomi really is a special little lady!
So Much To Give
Just because a person has a learning disorder or social anxiety, doesn't mean that they don't want to help others, too. Here's a great FaithTap article about a woman with Down's syndrome cheering up the mother of a special needs child!