I know that in many of my blogs I talk about the interesting things that Elizabeth has as part of her personality.

Things that are so unique.

I am sure I have mentioned somewhere along the lines, how she sees other peoples’ emotions, she calls it “their hearts” in colors. Such as if you are feeling sad, she would call your heart green. If you are happy, it is blue and the best mood is pink.

I love and am so in awe of these things that make Elizabeth, well, Elizabeth! For those who don’t know my daughter Elizabeth has special needs. She has global dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder (SPD) Both disorders affect her life each day and can make life hard work.

Especially when events in her life create stress and emotions, as it is then that signs of these disorders flair up.

With that being said, Elizabeth has shown some serious struggles when she has to say good bye to her sister when she leaves after being home for a visit.

Elizabeth loves Emily, her older sister, so much and since Emily moved out, these visits home are events are such happily anticipated and enjoyed events but then comes the goodbye…then the emotions after hit her hard.

And she shows it.

In her short tempered voice or attitude.

or her disorganization which comes out more when her mind is drawn elsewhere.

So we have been working with Elizabeth on these emotions and how to talk about them better, feel them better and talk to her friends more about things like this….all of this is hard work for her and let’s be quite honest, takes a village.

Which is why I have shared notes from our beloved, forever with Elizabeth, therapist named Mary. Mary has been working with Elizabeth on just these things, so her notes are amazing and so helpful.

So, I have shared them, with permission from Elizabeth, with all those who are part of her life. I wanted everyone to know how to help her best, how to use the tips Mary gave to guide her and more importantly, to understand her current needs better.

Something I learned so early on in this journey with Elizabeth is that bringing in everyone who works with your child to be on the same page is the BEST thing (my opinion) that you can do!

Even if your child is quite young, sharing information about their disorders/diagnosis/current needs is the easiest and best way to make sure that everyone understands your child. They will get how they work, they will be able to know the verbiage to use as they reinforce a concept or direct them.

They will pretty much “Get them”

And once this all happens, everyone can work with your child better and only good can come of this.

I know that this sharing takes extra time.

I know it can be hard to remember to do.

But I also know it is so worth it!

I wish everyone a peaceful week.

Michele Gianetti author of Elizabeth Believes in Herself