I taught piano and coached basketball to three kids who have Autism. I have worked with two other children with ADD and ADHD in Theatre.
People were surprised at the progress each of these children made over the course of my time with them. I refuse to consider them different or set them apart from the rest of their peers. I encourage them to strive to be the best they can be daily. The two cast members had lead rolls and flourished! The rest of the cast rallied around them.
I learned a lot from children who have special needs. They brightened my day and I look forward to opportunities to impact their future. I am open and ready to broaden my horizons and work with those who are gifted in other special ways.
I have a special place in my heart for all children because each of us are uniquely gifted.