In 2007 a very special little girl entered my preschool classroom, and my heart. She was two years old, but was non-verbal, did not walk, and was not eating solid foods at the time. As I got to know this beautiful child and her parents, a friendship quickly formed between our families that has lasted to this day.
Today that little girl is a beautiful seven-year-old, and while some of her previous conditions have resolved, new ones have emerged, and she still faces challenges every day. She has taught me much about patience and perseverance, and being close with her family has taught me much about being a friend to special needs parents. These families need love and support as they work to make the best decisions for their child. Here are some ways you can help: