The Misunderstood Child - Poem

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The Misunderstood Child - Poem

Post  Joshs-Mummy on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:44 am

I found this poem on an asd board I belong to on FaceBook. I love it I love you



The Misunderstood Child

A poem about children with hidden disabilities

by Kathy Winters

I am the child that looks healthy and fine.
I was born with ten fingers and toes.

But something is different, somewhere in my mind,
And what it is, nobody knows.

I am the child that struggles in school,
Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.

They tell me I'm lazy -- can learn if I try --
But I don't seem to know where to start.
I am the child that won't wear the clothes
Which hurt me or bother my feet.
I dread sudden noises, can't handle most smells,
And tastes -- there are few foods I'll eat.

I am the child that can't catch the ball
And runs with an awkward gait.
I am the one chosen last on the team
And I cringe as I stand there and wait.

I am the child with whom no one will play --
The one that gets bullied and teased
I try to fit in and I want to be liked,
But nothing I do seems to please.

I am the child that tantrums and freaks
Over things that seem petty and trite.
You'll never know how I panic inside,
When I'm lost in my anger and fright.

I am the child that fidgets and squirms
Though I'm told to sit still and be good.
Do you think that I choose to be out of control?
Don't you know that I would if I could?

I am the child with the broken heart
Though I act like I don't really care.
Perhaps there's a reason God made me this way --
Some message he sent me to share.

For I am the child that needs to be loved
And accepted and valued too.
I am the child that is misunderstood.
I am different - but look just like you.

[Kathy Winters is a part-time writer and full-time mother of three. She has a 14-year-old son with Asperger Syndrome and an 11-year-old son with ADHD/Tourettes Syndrome.
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Post  missbee on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:57 am

So true. There is one i found on the TM forum written by a mother that i really like too. I will try dig it out.

Thanks for sharing
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Post  Jeshiko on Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:41 pm

awwwww nice but sad. I often wonder if Mikko knows he's different. I have heard that kids with autism are a lot happier than kids with aspergers as kids with aspergers know they are different and want to be included but kids with autism have no idea and are happy in their own little world. I imagine that high school for aspergers kids would be very hard.
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