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Page 6 of 7 n Hudson Valley Parent 7 so sweet,' 'but he's so smart,' 'but he's so perfect', etc. That's when I realized the power and importance of the word. My guy is sweet and smart and perfect and has Apraxia." Our children's diagnosis shouldn't be the only thing you see, but it is still a part of them and their daily lives. Be open to communication about it. Ask questions and learn about how to form a better relationship with the parents and child by becoming informed, more open, and more understanding. Rielly Grey is a part-time writer and full-time mama to an adorable son with autism. …give that mama and her scream- ing child some space. Actually, the best support you could offer are words of encouragement to give her the strength she needs. Don't hush your child when they ask questions. One day at the park, a little girl was trying to play with my son, but he kept repeating everything she said. When she looked to me for an ex- planation, I simply said that sometimes he doesn't know what to say so he just repeats others (echolalia). This bright little girl thought about it for a moment and replied, "Oh, so it's like his way of talking," and then just went right back to playing with him. This was such a genu- ine, beautiful moment for us. Instead of staring… …just as we teach our children about the big world around them, we want to teach the world about our children. My son's diagnosis is just part of him. When her son was first getting his diagnosis, Jessica from Middletown noticed the people closest to her seemed to have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that there was something else there. She recalls, "We'd hear 'but he's

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