Dream the Impossible Dream: A Modern Day Special Needs Fairy Tale

2 Aug

We are so often told not to expect greatness of our children. And while their futures may be uncertain, that uncertainty leaves just as much room for success as it does failure. We don’t often consider that. But as this modern day fairy tale that is still unfolding in front of our very eyes:

Once upon a time there was a little boy of a single mom in the Baltimore area who had behavior problems. He spent a lot of time in time out. People didn’t expect much of him. He had severe ADHD after all, which is classified under the umbrella of “special needs” in the educational world. Today, we know that little boy as the man who has won more Olympic medals than any other athlete in history including eight gold medals in one Olympics and became the first man to achieve gold medals in the same event three consecutive Olympic games. The sky is the limit for our special needs kids, we just have to be open to finding what works and recognizing their strengths. And as their parents we can never, EVER, give up. To know all that is possible, we need to only look to Debbie Phelps and her son, Michael.

Do not be afraid of the future. Do not be afraid to dream. Your child’s potential is unlimited.

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Image credit Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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3 Responses to “Dream the Impossible Dream: A Modern Day Special Needs Fairy Tale”

  1. OneLoCoMommy August 3, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Reblogged this on One LoCo Mommy.

  2. OneLoCoMommy August 3, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I reblogged this on my site – I loved this post. I wanted to write something similar to it but this was much better! 🙂

  3. Steven Olson August 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Just a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great design .

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