I love bracelets! You rarely will see me without a few dangling from my wrists. I’ve been guilty of purchasing a Rustic Cuff or two of my own for my own personal stash. I have one special bracelet I never take off. I wear color coordinated ones to match my outfits each day. Most are primarily silver or black, the colors I wear most. They range in value. But one that you will see me sporting this month that is invaluable to me is this one.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. So I wear a bracelet in honor of all my autistic friends in Miss Marilyn’s classes. They mean the world to me! ♡
The funny thing is part of the reason I wear a bracelet in class is so I can take it off and give it to one of our autistic friends sitting in front of me in circle to use as a fidget toy to help them manage their daily stress by self-soothing. Any moving piece allows the student something to play with with their hands and fingers and mouths so they can better focus without terribly distracting others around them in the classroom.
Fidget toys or in my case, oftentimes bracelets, are used as a distraction for our autistic friends. They are one of the many tools of the developmental classroom used to better serve our students. Most children diagnosed on the autism spectrum have sensory processing difficulties. They are usually hypersensitive to their sensory environment.
A distraction can be both good and bad. In our case a fidget toy offers a calming effect as a good distraction. But too many times this world we live in of technological advances offers us too many bad distractions to what is important. Smart phones and Ipads can become a fixation, causing any one of us to lose track of what’s real.
Don’t let the voice of the world distract you from hearing the Lord. Satan loves to distract our focus away from God any way he can. Don’t let him! Don’t miss out on the blessings God has in store for you. Don’t acquire missed opportunities because of being distracted.
I can tell you I am truly blessed for my opportunity to work with the precious children in Miss Marilyn’s classes. Not a day goes by that they don’t teach me a lesson. I’m in awe of their beautiful minds. They’ve broadened my horizons. I’ve learned to see things from a different perspective. I’ve learned to be aware of other’s comfort zones and boundaries. I’ve learned to respect them. I’ve learned when to distract and when not to. And I still have so much to learn.
Let’s all serve the Lord without distraction. Let’s offer our best no matter what that may be. And let’s all hug a child with autism just because they’re so special. Unless of course that is sensory overload for them. And if that’s the case, let’s just offer a gentle smile and a thumbs-up.
35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
1 Corinthians 7:35
Love and laughter,
A special thank you to all those who live with or work with or study autism. You are making the world a better place one puzzle piece at a time. ♡