I was working at the registration table and helping sign people into the event. There was a little boy who had been waiting in line for over thirty minutes. He had Autism and was visibly upset that he was still waiting in line, which was in direct sunlight of the hottest day of the year to date. When they arrived at my table, his dad seemed embarrassed and said, "He has his good days and some days he is just on one." I responded by saying, "We all have our good days and our bad days. I would be frustrated too if I had to wait in line for over thirty minutes, in the sun, before I could hunt for Easter eggs."
Later on in the day, when I was at the Specialty Athletic Training resource table, I had a mom ask me, "Do you work with problem children? Sometimes my kid refuses to get up and will be physical. Can you work with him too?" Her child was also on the ASD spectrum. In my mind there is no such thing as a problem child, just a child that is not understood. Everyday presents an opportunity to educate and advocate!