I was recently with some guests and we were sharing some experiences with the team and children. I was talking with a young (brilliant) team member who was working with a young child who we took on after several nurseries had restricted him as he was too disruptive to one hour a week!
He is on the spectrum and his communication skills were very low. He now, a month in, is very active and communicative and is beginning to sign (a blown kiss is thank you) and we played together for a while. He then climbed onto a stage (about a foot above ground level) and was playing on there. He then wanted to come down and she went to take him and I held her back.... Anxious, he looked a little concerned but, after a while, he realised if he sat down, his feet were about four inches from safety and he wriggled a little but eventually slipped expertly to the floor and was off.... A momentous moment and she and I cried - he learnt, she learnt and we enjoyed a moment of real connection.
I guarantee he will continue to go and grow in an environment where his young friends care and understand AND include him.
And I will continue to encourage and cry.... xxx