April is halfway over and I couldn’t let the month go on any longer without sharing a piece of my life that is so near and dear to my heart! Something that I didn’t mention here, is that for the past two years, I have had the privilege of teaching students with Autism at a public high school as an instructional assistant full-time during the week.
So when Chrissy’s Knee Socks reached out to partner together, I was more than thrilled slash I jumped out of my chair when I saw this pair on their site because I knew I had to own them immediately! Aside from lounging around at home, they go perfectly with a pair of converse (last seen here) and my favorite pair of jeggings (now that I think about it, I’d probably go for skinny jeans instead next time, since I wore my socks underneath. and it felt a tad snug!). I wore this outfit this past weekend for errands and other fun weekend activities (yikes, I guess it is sad that I consider errands a fun activity LOL!). Anyways, as I have mentioned before, I am always cold, so these socks are literally exactly what I need throughout the entire year regardless of what the temperature is outside. The material is on the thicker side which is *wonderful* because that means it will last so much longer after countless washes! You can see more of their styles and patterns on their site, and I’ve also attached their direct link under ‘Shop the Post,’ including the link to this awesome pair so that you may play a part in spreading awareness as well. Who knows, it just might lead to a conversation about it with someone!
Speaking of which, I also wanted to share just a little bit about Autism. Most people have heard the term, and perhaps, you may even know someone who has Autism. But not everyone is familiar with what that exactly means, or how to interact with someone who has Autism – and that’s okay (one of the many reasons why I was so so SO excited to write this post!!!). Autism is essentially a social-communication disorder; it has nothing to do with IQ. While every individual is so different and therefore has individual needs, you may notice that the someone with Autism has a challenge to communicate verbally with others or shows repeated behaviors, movements, and speech. Some may even use a communication device to help aid them when conversing. Please don’t let any of those things make you afraid, or prevent you from building a relationship – just be yourself like you would with anyone as you try and get to know more about them! There is much more that I could include in this, but I think what is most important to share with you is that each of them have such unique personalities and what they think, feel, and say (however it is communicated) is so valuable just like it is with anyone!!! Different, not less.
I went into this job ready to help teach academics and to also provide assistance in the areas of life skills and social skills. And in the process, my students have indeed taught me to never give up on anyone, always assume the best in others, to not be so dag on self-conscious about every little thing I do, to not be so serious all the time, to joke around more and have some fun, appreciate and love the differences in everyone, and lastly, to be brave in all things! I so wish I could share pictures of my students (and for obvious reasons, I can’t), but I am just incredibly proud of them, their braveness everyday and I thank God for putting them in my life.
If you know someone who would love to take a part in spreading awareness, please share this post so they may know where to find these cozy socks, or simply share it to help educate someone about Autism in some small way! And of course, if you would like to, please comment below about any general tips that have helped you get to know someone with Autism that would be beneficial for any reader wanting to learn more about it.