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Symbolic item for every child

I watched with emotion this clip from BBC Family & Education on Facebook.

In brief, six-year-old Bodhi, who is autistic, showed delight every time he walked past the large cuddly gorilla.
The gorilla unfortunately disappeared and its owner, Jason,
searched for another one and Bodhi was delighted again.

This story reminds me of my eldest son, Rian, who as some of you know is on the autistic spectrum. When he was younger and attended a local pre-school, his behaviour was ‘a cause for concern’. This was before his diagnosis. Rian’s ‘thing’ was Thomas the Tank Engine, and I have since been told that some autistic children love Thomas.

On entering
the pre-school each morning, Mary used to hand Rian the Thomas train from the
shelf. This made Rian feel that he belonged and grounded him.

Mary sadly
died of cancer a few years ago, but I will never forget the kindness that she
showed my son.

On my travels, either in training […]