We actually talked to Erica in a normal conversational tone, just like we did with her two older siblings or to anyone for that matter. This was a good thing for all involved but sometimes it could lead to unexpected results!
On one sunny afternoon at Sesame Place, in Philidelphia, PA, Erica was told to “sit still for a moment, Mommy needs to tie Jared’s shoe.” Simple enough but Erica did not hesitate to “run away” very quickly down a hill!
Luckily, a nice man caught her in the midst of her escape and exclaimed, “Does this kid belong to you?”
Moral of the story: There are heroic people in the world but importantly, after telling Erica not to go anywhere one must remember to set the parking brake!
The takeaway here is to not be afraid to take your disabled child out in public. Yes, it can be difficult with all the apparatus you may have to lug along, not to mention the glaring eyes of disapproving strangers, but shrug it off Buttercup. You and your kid(s) deserve a well-earned outing and it builds character!
Did you know: Sesame Place has become the first theme park in the world to become a Certified Autism Center, as designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Read more.