Hello friend of an exhausted, overwhelmed, drained mama of a differently wired child.
We’ve been a world in upheaval for quite some time. It can be exhausting. It can be frightening. It can be overwhelming and it can feel hopeless. We feel it in the air and in the everyday conversations with everyday people. And, when in a group of gifted kids, teens, and adults, the angst and existential questioning has been palpable.
Gifted kids perceive and think about the world in unique, complex ways. They are designed to question, probe, understand, explore, and think outside of the box. They want to know the reasons why something works the way it works and are there other ways to make it work. They are curious, inquisitive, problem solvers. And we love this about them. Except when it interferes with our own plans.
“Should we get her tested for autism?” I anxiously asked the occupational therapist. I had been pondering it for months. Does my daughter have autism? Doesn’t she? What explains her behaviors? Or thinking? Or who she is?
KBear’s OT answered like a seasoned therapist. She answered my question with a question. “What would be your goal in getting the assessments done?”